Well, after all the people saying things like:
1) "The Rocktron Banshee is not as good as the Heil"
2) "The HEIL is the original, nothing else comes close"
3) "Sound quality sucks"
Well, I beg to differ. I can, because I own BOTH models! YES, I OWN both the Heil & the Rocktron, and I can say that, OK, maybe the Banshee doesn't have the "drive", or "output" that the HEIL may have, the Banshee is an EXCELLENT Talk Box, and worth every penny! Before you grab for the Heil Talk Box, remember, it is more complicated to hook up, and damn near sounds the same as the Rocktron.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $150.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Active Musician
> Has 3 Controls: Gain, Tone, Level.
> No Tubes
> Wall Adapter
I play metal, rock, blues, classic rock....etc
Some say it's not as good as the more common "Heil Talk Box", and while this may or may not be true, (It's really personal preference) the one thing that the Rocktron Banshee offers that the Heil doesn't offer, is EASE OF USE!
Rocktron Banshee wins "hands-down" in this department.
Sound quality is pretty darn good.
While both the Heil & Rocktron are very similar, here's the difference:
The Rocktron Banshee can get plugged directly inline with your other pedals....The HEIL Talk Box simply can not.
Even worse, if you're not familiar with electronics, & OHMS, you can blow your speakers or amp, if the HEIL is not hooked up properly.
Durable? Yeah, I think so. This pedal is really heavy, and built out of solid steel. Could probably drop it off a building, and it would survive.
Some of Rocktron's products are not as well built as other things. However, all the Rocktron products I own, are very good quality, and not cheesy.