T-Rex Room-Mate Junior reverb review

Spacey son of a stompbox

  • £230
  • $399
The Junior Room-mate lives up to its name, using less space on the pedalboard than the original

MusicRadar Verdict

Whether you wish to emulate a vintage spring or surround your sound with a certain size of ambience, this is a solid choice.

Pros

  • +

    Four classy reverb sounds. Good spring emulation sounds.

Cons

  • -

    That missing hi-cut knob.

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The original Room-Mate (£340), with its integral valve, is an upmarket option among reverb pedals.

This Junior version, however, is more affordable and more pedalboard-friendly, because it runs from nine-rather than 12-volt power supplies.

Sounds

Mix, decay and level knobs zero in on your desired reverb sound, with spring, room and hall options plus LFO, which is reverb embellished with a touch of chorus that really shines in arpeggiated playing.

There's no hi-cut control like its namesake, so it's just as well the Junior's realistic spring emulation is voiced just right - neither brash nor dull.

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.