I bought mine new about the same time. I don't gig a rack system anymore, but I use it in my studio, for reverb on vocals while recording (for the monitor mix). I recently got a new amp and it has a loop, and I played with it in the loop for a while, it sounded really good. I did not find the reverb harsh, but it is a tube buffered loop. Then again, I don't remember it really ever sounding harsh. I'm not using it at the moment on the guitar, but yea, it isn't going anywhere, I may actually end up using it again on guitar at some future point. Plenty good enough reverb/delay for live use.