This past Sunday, I was subtly kicked out of my brother's Chicago abode, on the account of him needing sleep. Rather than do the sensible thing, and drive home, I chose to slice to the right, onto Lincoln, and seek out the Chicago Music Exchange. For those unfamiliar with the area, parking is a joke. It's where Cubs fans have to park to get to Wrigley Field, as Wrigley has no parking lot. After finally parking, I walked, possibly in vain, as it was a Sunday, to the storefront. Opening the door (fifteen minutes before the sign said it was open, no less), I entered a very, very large room. Remember that really cool shop in Madison, where I bought my DEM back in July? The one where I almost tripped over an Acoustic 360? Picture that, but with larger ceilings, and Fender Starcasters. The real ones. Four of them. And, there were 1960s Jazz Basses galore. That wasn't why I went, though. I went for effects. Madison, Wisconsin, the city in which I live and work, is, by and large, useless for the effects junkies of the world (I ask myself why I live here every moment of my life), so when I found out that the Chicago Music Exchange carried Chicago Iron pedals, I had to experience the Parachute for me-self. Except I saw it: The MXR Bass Octave Deluxe. Being a recent interest of mine, I had to give it a go. So, after idle chit-chat with the guy behind the counter, I took it for a spin. For reference, I used a 1967 Fender Jazz Bass, an Eden E300T (interestingly, all references to David Nordschow, or however he spells it, have been removed from Eden's website), and cables. This will be fairly short, as I only had an hour to play with it, because I would have gotten a parking ticket otherwise. As with all of MXR's pedals these days, this one is built very well, and it's fairly small (compared to, say, the entire EHX range, prior to 2004). Like the Carbon Copy, it has two blindingly bright LEDS, which are blue, but should be yellow, given the blue paint job on the pedal. And, I'm just going to get this out of the way right now: below open 'A,' it is completely useless, unless you like inarticulate nonsense. But, the other notes work rather well. But there is something very...off...about this pedal. It felt weak. Maybe it wasn't EQ'ed properly, because I know there's a trimpot in there for the mids. Again, I point out that I had a limited time with it, and I can't very well adjust the EQ at a guitar shop (especially since you need a Phillips screwdriver to get at it, and I didn't happen to have one). But, sadly, I think I've been let down by MXR. No, I take that back. I've been let down by octave pedals in general. I've always wanted to like them, but they all let me down. Except for the BMS, which I absolutely adore. But, more importantly, I have yet to find a use for an octave down effect on a bass. On the bright side, Zakk Wylde doesn't endorse this pedal, and that's always good news.