So like many people here, I love 'That Pedal Show' and when I heard that they had teamed up with Keeley to make a pedal combining both their sig sounds (especially as I have a red Tele and a strat) I couldn't have signed up quicker. I thought at the time that the pedal sounded amazing. Especially on their show with the King of Tone and the other 2 sided pedals.
Even though I had a Klon type pedal, and a couple of drives, I thought it would be great to have this two in one.
So having a play around I could get decent sounds out of both sides. I found that when Dans side had the gain dialled really back and when micks had the gain dialled further up both sides sounded nice, and could work stacked quite well. Neither sides really outplayed other ones I had but they were good sounds.
But that's where the 'buts' began to come into play.
Here's the thing. The klon side sounds good. But it's definitely a light boost, not as Tubescreamery as I thought. I play through a hot rod deluxe so with tonnes of headroom and I really had to crank the gain knob on the D&M to get any sort of break up. When I used a passive master volume (JHS Little Black Amp Box) and pushed the amp a bit more, I could get some more overdrive but this really did feel like a light clean boost. That said, I think if it was an individual pedal, I would have considered it alongside JRAD Archers, Frederick Zombie Klone (which I have) and a RYRA when I looked into a Klon type pedal.
This side was my main disappointment. Dan always gets these killer tones so I was really excited to have a heavy drive that I liked. But anything above 9 o clock on the knob was more than the 'raunch' he described and felt mega fizzy and just too much gain. The notes didn't feel tight. It felt a bit wasp in a jar, even with my Les Paul. Bearing in mind I'm usually using a clean amp and weakish pickups it was so saturated. Stacking in Micks side did tighten the bottom end a bit but it sent it into full wailing feedback mode.
I think a really odd manufacturing point on this is the volume pots. They are so sensitive and (weirdly passed over in Pete and The Captains vid) you essentially have them nearly off to get unity. I often think unity should be around 10-12 o clock. I can't imagine a scenario where you'd need that much volume from a pedal. Similarly, the stacking side switch was clever but I found the tones when you had the light boost as a volume boost after the drive channel (Dan into Mick) the tone seemed weedy and a bit off.
I absolutely love Mick and Dan, and there playing. I love the sounds they get and they inspire me to be a better player and as a pedal collector. However I'm sending my D&M Drive back as for me it just didn't cut it. I'm sure it will for others, but not for me.
I do think that after waiting for a few months and really Gassing for this pedal, I may have held it aloft amongst pedal greats, so it would never have been quite as good as I wanted it to be.