Now that I'm not performing as frequently as I used to, I decided to focus on a modest home/practice rig--something that doesn't require me to drive to storage with the band van. This is purposed to be a small, grab-and-go rig for neighborhood and garage jams. On a whim, I picked up a Dr J Shadow Echo. The Dr J brand is Joyo's hand-wired line, so it's a little step up. This was intended to be another delay in a line of admittedly more expensive delays that have inhabited my live board. At a price of sub $70, I wouldn't be at much of a loss if something happened to it. I wasn't expecting much at all. For reference, here are the others that were dual lock worthy. Mad Professor Deep Blue Delay, Hand-Wired DD20 (remains on my pro board) DD500 Diamond MLJr Source Audio Nemesis Outside of this list, many others came and went, along with many dollars. I don't hate the game. Alright - this little gem is a keeper. I'm not impressed due to the price point's imposed expectation; I'm genuinely impressed by how musical this little box is. My biggest gripe with most of my former delays' modulation circuits was an obvious lack of control over the two key parameters. This little purple guy lets me tweak both depth and rate. On top of this, the repeats are gorgeous and the true bypass switching is clean and artifact free. I'm now feeling rather protective of it--something I didn't want or expect to feel. It's also opened my eyes to the usefulness of "low-endy" fx for musical inspiration. If you can find a used one, give it a whirl. You'll prob spend under $60 for it and it may impress you.