List price: $150 (Ernie Ball jacked up their prices not so long ago) $90 sale price on http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ernie-Ball-6166-Mono-Volume-Pedal?sku=152103&src=HC004
Got mine for £90 from ebay. £115 new from http://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/Catalogue/ViewProduct.aspx?productId=818Pros
+ Tuner output for silent tuning when the pedal is in the heel down position.
+ Solid steel construction; very well built.
+ Ergonomically sound; the size of the pedal is suited so you can fit your whole foot on it, and the pivotal position is just right so the sweep of the pedal feels very smooth.
+ Silent and transparent.
+ Very grippy so your foot wont slip off.
+ Micro switch means you have access to two different tapers.
+ Stays in the position you leave it in.
+ Choice of volume pedal by many Professionals.
+ Input/Output is on the front of the pedal, not the sides, which could be a bonus if you're trying to fit it onto that already full pedalboard!Cons
- The insides of the pedal are very open.
- The string system seems scarily feeble.
- Big and heavy, could be a problem for some.Review
I have owned this for over a year and I get the feeling Ill have it for a while yet. This thing is solid and although volume pedals are simple in terms of function, they maintain a crucial role in anyones rig, and this one definitely does it for me. Ergonomically this thing is sound; although it is a very large pedal, this is soon made up for by the ease at which you can operate it; your whole foot can fit on the pedal, and the pivot point is just right. Theres a handy micro switch on the inside of the pedal that allows you to swap between two different tapers. The first is a gradual and sustained sweep from quiet to loud, and the other makes the sweep stay quiet for the first two thirds of travel, before shifting to loud in the last third. The only thing that really concerns me about this pedal is the openness of the insides of the pedal. The string system seems scarily feeble, and funnily enough, there have been a lot of complaints about the ease of breakage of this part of the pedal, however this hasnt happened to me yet, thankfully.Summary
Although pricey, this pedal should be in every ones rig, just make sure you get some spare parts in case there are any breakages. Overall Id give this pedal a 9.8/10; marked down only because of the apparently feeble string system, however, the common consensus is that this is the best volume pedal around, so its well worth the investment.