User Reviews of the Behringer Vintage Distortion VD1
Submitted by Kirk from Des Plaines, IL (10 points) on Jul 22, 2007
This stompbox comes very close to the EH Big Muff Pi - which is what I was looking for. It has a very similar sound and is completely analog.
It is cleaner than the BMP, which is a negative, but only slightly cleaner, so it's not gonna kill me. I do like the noise that the EH pedal inserted into the signal, but for the price that I paid on this pedal, I am in no position to complain about a great distortion pedal. Most people would consider less noise a good thing!
The pedal can get loud, and the distortion can be very crisp or very muddy. The tone control is actually a bit more useful on this pedal than on the BMP. It doesn't scoop the mids, but brings them out.
Good Points: CHEAP!
Surprisingly sturdy construction - all metal encasing, not half-metal/half-plastic.
Single Pole Throw Switch - I use my hands to manipulate my stompboxes, and in a quiet setting where I have to turn on an effect, no annoying "click" is tops.
easy to remove knobs, unlike the Electro-Harmonix pedals, so I can fix things with less effort, in case I have to remove the case.
Bad Points: Less noisy than the BMP. As I stated above, most musicians would probably appreciate this. But, more noise allows me to have more harmonics present in my final signal. Oh well...
Plastic pots are not as rugged as the metal pots on the BMP, but I play with my hands, not my feet. Not a problem for me, but for others, maybe so.
Submitted by ck3 from Portland, ME (390 points) on Feb 10, 2006
I hesitantly picked one of these up after reading a number of favorable reviews. It's definitely a Behringer product, but not that bad of an example of one.
Good Points: Much sturdier than it appears to be. Provides "idealized" EH Big Muff timbres with somewhat-ensured consistency between units. Has a built-in noise gate, solid rubber feet, and a wide tone sweep. Easily reaches unity gain with both batteries and DC power.
Bad Points: Has a wanky switch and plastic knobs and shafts. It is easy to get a battery lost in the cavity of the unit during a battery change. I wish that it were possible to dial in more gain. Not particularly usable with the "sustain" parameter under 3.