Option 5 Destination Rotation Single

Harnessing the awe-inspiring sensation of a rotary speaker into a tiny metal box isn’t easy. But for my money, the Destination Rotation Single ($269 retail/$229street) gets as close as an analog stompbox can. Offering true-bypass operation, as well as footswitchable Fast/Slow and Overdrive functions, the Rotation Single also sports recessed trim pots for Slow Trim, Fast Trim, and Drive Level.
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Set ’em and forget ’em though, because these things are hard to turn. The Mic Placement control governs the effect’s depth. Using either my Deluxe Reverb or Reverend Goblin 5/15, the Rotation Single emitted warm, drippy, and believable swirl. When you kick the Fast/Slow switch, the speed slowly ramps up (or down) like a real rotary speaker. Vibey for sure. The Overdrive function is handy for pushing the modulated swirl up in the mix, but I never even bothered with it, because I dug the Rotation’s straight tones the most. The pedal’s fast speeds work excellent for Beatle-esque rhythm parts or warbly SRV and Jimmie Vaughan excursions, while the slow speeds are thick and rich like a good chocolate milkshake. Hell, the Rotation Single can make a compelling argument to kick your chorus pedal to the curb with your acid washed jeans—it’s that fat. That’s why it receives an Editor’s Pick Award.

Kudos:
Gets real close to the real rotating thing. Fat and soupy.

Concerns:
Trimpots are tough to turn.

Contact:
(260) 341-0633; option5-online.com

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