Dunlop HT1 Heil Talkbox
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Dunlop HT1 Heil Talkbox

HT1 Heil Talkbox, Talkbox from Dunlop.

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Hatsubai 26/11/2011

Dunlop HT1 Heil Talkbox : la opinión de Hatsubai (content in English)

"Not many alternatives out there"
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The Heil Talkbox is one of those effects that was never really copied too much. In fact, I can't even recall too many other talk boxes out there. The pedal is super simple to use, but you need to have a PA to get the full effect, and if you can't hear the sound coming from your monitors, it can be a bit useless as you won't really be hearing much. The pedal is about as simple as you can get. Plug it in, put the tube in your mouth, start singing in the mic and play.

UTILIZATION

The pedal is very solid. There's really not much to go wrong with this thing. I mean, just look at it. What is going to go wrong? The tube may break, but you can pick up extra tubing from home depot. Although I don't really recommend that as you gotta stick this thing in your mouth, and that was my biggest issue with this thing. I'm hardly a germophobe, but considering all of the different bacteria and viruses floating around in a confined space, the last thing I want to do is constantly stick my mouth on a tube that does nothing but collects the different diseases out there. It's a great way to get sick, and if you're sick, you can't perform for the audience.

SOUND QUALITY

The sound is good, but there's not much to compare it to. I mean, you play your guitar, you make funny voices through the tube, and sing at the same time. It delivers a neat sound, but there's nothing you can use it for aside from maybe some Bon Jovi cover band or something similar. Not many people utilized this effect because it's fairly inefficient and a pain to use unless you're a huge touring band.

OVERALL OPINION

The pedal is good, and if you're in need of that talk box kind of effect, this is what you want to get. I just don't think music really needs this today. Aside from maybe a few Bon Jovi songs or whatever, what else are you going to use this on? If you can find an answer to that question, by all means, by this! However, if you're not sure if you'll ever use this, I recommend just not buying it.