What to do on a warm, sunny spring day in Puddletown (Pedaltown?)? Pedal shopping! I stopped in at Pro Guitar Shop and grabbed their last in-store Empress Tape Delay with a $35 discount. This was the first day that PGS had the Ditto. For some reason, they only had five and they were long gone. I headed over to GC and snagged a Ditto with a $10 discount coupon. I put both pedals on my board (in the amp's loop). The next thing I knew, I'd noodled-away two hours just on the Empress. I'm not really a delay guy (or maybe my TC Nova made me think I wasn't), but I wanted something for subtle slap-back and other potential uses. The ETD sounds really good, has three presets, and goes from 5-2800 milliseconds. Overall, the price seems pretty reasonable -- maybe even a great value -- for what it does. There's more to the ETD than what I'll write about at the moment. It seems well thought out and doesn't seem at all fiddly. Since the ETD is new and popular, there are lots of reviews and demos already. Right now, my presets are: 1) Nearly imperceptible slap-back for fullness (instead of reverb), 2) ~350ms delay with ~five repeats, 3) ~350ms delay, repeats just short of oscillation. [There's no delay time readout, so I don't really know what the delay time settings are.] I'll probably be playing with the 'tape age,' filter, and modulation settings for quite a while. Right now, I'm really liking 'new tape' with no filter or modulation. It's very clean and nice, but doesn't sound 'digital' or sterile. I do want to address one misconception that I had concerning tap tempo and presets: I had thought that enabling the optional presets disabled tap tempo, based on what I'd read in other threads. Not true. Tap tempo simply isn't available in preset mode. Flip the 'delay time' switch to 'tap,' and tap away. Take it off 'tap,' and you're back to the presets. As for the Ditto, I haven't gotten to it yet. It's funny, as this was a higher priority for me. I need it for lessons and material I'm working on. First, I'm heading back to play with the ETD. Maybe I'll add some thoughts on the Ditto later.