I have this little Helicon for almost a year now and I have no problems with. I use it with my bass amp "BG 250" and it is great! For a footswitch you tell me that this is normal. It is robust, it does what it is asked, the cable is easily replaceable, if we want a longer example because we must admit that it's not super long either ... Finally I had to find it a little lacking! Overall an excellent product.