1) There is a large supply of RP500s and RP1000s out there on the used market in good-to-great condition at prices well under $200 for the RP500 and $300 for the RP1000;
2) These devices are built tough as nails, and they generally don’t break unless and until you throw them off a cliff;
3) These devices sound very good, and they’re going to sound good until they stop working, which will take a while. Instruments don’t stop sounding good just because someone stopped making them.
4) The RP500 and RP1000 are as close as you can get to a stompbox experience in a single device, with dedicated footswitches for compression, distortion, modulation FX, delay, and reverb, not to mention tap tempo for the delay. One of my patch sets will put 50 great blues, rock, country, and other setups into it in a matter of a few minutes.
I will continue to support development of new sounds for these devices for the foreseeable future, not least because it’s my main rig and will remain so. I will continue to sell and support patch sets for these devices for the foreseeable future. I will of course continue to introduce new patch sets for other devices, starting soon with the Line 6 Spider V series amps and the Zoom G3N, in that order.
In case you haven’t heard it, here’s what an RP500 sounds like in action. I should also note that every harmonica track on my record “The Lucky One” (see below) went through an RP500 before it hit the recording console.
the rock harmonica masterpiece
the solo acoustic harmonica masterpiece