Lush and Expansive
Initially, the shimmer mode got my curiosity but after listening to lots of demos online, I realized that just the normal plate, room, and spring reverbs were really smooth, deep, and dimensional. The plate just goes on for days, the room using the pre-delay really creates a fully believable change in room size. I was (very) fortunate to use an original 1963 Fender Super Reverb and I remember always loving the wonderful sound of the reverb. The BlueSky is as convincing a fine spring reverb as I have ever heard - really knocked me over. The low and high damp controls add superb control to the ambience. The mod mode adds a really wonderful low key chorus to the tails and is different depending on plate/room/spring settings - lots of options. I ran a Godin with 3 Lollar P90's through the Riverside Drive with the plate/mod setting and notes just hung and boiled, growled, and sustained almost endlessly. Unbelievable. And the shimmer mode: this is not something that I expect to use a lot but I must say that I have not heard a better, more unique sounding shimmer effect, again very different for each of the three reverb types. I mentioned in another review that five stars is getting way over used and for the most part has become meaningless. I have played this pedal for over two months and I have to say that it is another Strymon pedal that has added so much enjoyment to my playing that five stars is well earned. This is simply a smooth, detailed, lush, and expansive reverb pedal and I have not heard anything better.