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Waterproof Serenade - Symphony Edition

Studio: Evolved » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 10/21/08

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

Evolved Novelties is helmed by none other than Greg Alves, the man known for putting Metro on the map, starting up Zero Tolerance, and more recently fighting asshat pirates successfully, winning a multimillion dollar judgement.  So, why does Greg think he can carve out a niche in an ultra competitive market dominated by the likes of Doc Johnson, Adam & Eve, TopCo, and a few others?  First, he teamed up with equally well known Gregg Alan, a guy you may know as the head honcho at Diabolic (another favorite production company of mine) and the two took a different approach.  Rather than go cheap with their toys, they decided to take it slow and easy, using high end materials and quality testing practices, resulting in toys like the Waterproof Serenade. This was my fourth toy from the company to test and given the results of the others, I know that there are going to be some really happy ladies out there when word gets around.

I was half surprised when I read online that the two Greg's were not trying to compete with the big boys of toys ("Alves says launching Evolved Novelties isn't an attempt to compete with the adult toy manufacturers already on the market. Instead, just as when he launched Zero Tolerance, he is simply looking for his own place in the market.") but given the three I was sent to try out, they might be competing before long as the copycat syndrome in porn production is even more rampant in the world of sex toys.

From his interview at AVN online:  "Alves says he doesn't intend to flood the market. "We did not cut any corners," he says. "All of our toys are quality-tested. We really tried to go as high-end as possible, from the motors to the finish of the toy itself and even the stones used in some of the jewel-encrusted vibrators. We are only going to be releasing about six a month so we don't flood the market. The first month, you're going to see a couple of toys from each line we're launching." Though Alves and Alan are confident in the products that are ready to be unveiled, they have taken a humble approach to launching the line.  "We're not coming into this with a haughty attitude or acting like we know everything," Alves says. "In the last few years, we've been learning as we've gone along, but we've remained consistent in our commitment to put out the best finished goods possible. Ultimately, if we don't listen to what retailers want, we'll look foolish. We are trying to make something different. We are trying to carve our own niche in the market without directly competing with the other companies."

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Measuring in at 8" tall and nearly 2" wide (thicker than either the Amore or the Honey Bunny),  this baby blue device managed to generate substantial interest by my testing crew right away since upon seeing it, there was some discussion regarding who would get to play with it (first).  The version I received was light blue in color but seemingly unlike any "el cheapo" model I've looked at from a dozen lesser companies.  What set it apart right away was the cool packaging, a plain white sleeve surrounding a nice red metal case with foam inside, hinges holding the top onto the body.  Having given plenty of toys out for Christmas, birthdays, Valentine's Day, and just because I'm a swell guy, I always hate wrapping up some hard plastic shell of a package that looks as lame as stuff you buy at the dollar store.  The case had such a cool design on it that my primary toy testing buddy Nadine wanted to get the logo tattooed on her arm or back (it has a heart in the middle with flowery loops).  Bringing her back from her mental exercise in body art, she told me that she really liked the packaging too ("a nice balance between form and function").

The Waterproof Serenade takes only two AA batteries and unlike the True Love series, this device is less about raw power than soothing but steady pulsing, rhythmatically easing a lady into deeper orgasms.  This one was made of a softer form of jelled plastic that some people don't like as much as the hard silicon style (Nadine adores this style as it fits to her form without any issues regarding lubrication) but as she pointed out, the ridges adhere to her delicate vaginal walls much nicer than some of the smoother toys, potentially adding friction of the most favorable kind.

After she left, I tested it to check the waterproof nature of the device and it passed with flying colors, the control on this novelty on the bottom for easy access but limited variation, still serving up a nice feeling from the look on her face.  The "O" ring kept water from destroying the electronics and it was quite easy to clean, making it Recommended given how it was made of a material she was fond of and the controls gave more confidence that they would remain contamination free.  I suspect this one will grow on her and early responses via email and in the forum indicate that people are finding this to be swell toys to give as gifts (not just due to the unique packaging but that sure helps!).  Nadine suggested that this might make a good toy for an advanced anal enthusiast too, not as apt to tear the rectal lining as some of the harder toys but as she was not willing to prove her point, it has not been tested in that manner (feel free to email me additional experiences though, especially if you're cute, single, and a female, pictures very welcome).

If the Waterproof Serenade is any indication of things to come, I suspect both gentlemen will be making more money from toys than their award winning movies (though I hope they continue to provide both).  For the record, this was part of the "Symphony Edition"  line and it was made in China for the socially conscious but you'll want to stock up on extra batteries while experimenting since it is so soft to the touch that your gal pals will want to use it more often.  The rest of the tech specs were found in our forums as follows:

Symphony Edition

Music for your body, carefully orchestrated to help heighten your senses. Tune into a whole new sound of satisfaction with a collection that resonates pleasure! Modern in movement and classical by nature, the Symphony Edition marches to a different beat. Flexible yet firm, it's in tune with your body's rhythm, and lets you choose the right tempo with whisper-quiet elegance. Enjoy the finer things in life and compose your night with these melodic massagers... all worthy of an encore!

3 stimulating speeds
easy push - button controls
phthalate-free and body-safe
flexible material conforms to body
ultra-powerful motor soothes and seduces
maximum intensity with minimum noise
satin-smooth coated controls
hygienic medical-grade TPR
shower & bath-friendly

Lastly, it mentions it is RoHS compliant which essentially means the device is free of many specific health hazard chemicals, this from the RoHS website in the EU:
The definition and aim of the RoHS directive is quite simple. The RoHS directive aims to restrict certain dangerous substances commonly used in electronic and electronic equipment. Any RoHS compliant component is tested for the presence of Lead (Pb), Cadmium (Cd), Mercury (Hg), Hexavalent chromium (Hex-Cr), Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), and Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). For Cadmium and Hexavalent chromium, there must be less than 0.01% of the substance by weight at raw homogeneous materials level. For Lead, PBB, and PBDE, there must be no more than 0.1% of the material, when calculated by weight at raw homogeneous materials. Any RoHS compliant component must have 100 ppm or less of mercury and the mercury must not have been intentionally added to the component. In the EU, some military and medical equipment are exempt from RoHS compliance.

You can email me with questions at Houstondon @ hotmail.com if you have any constructive criticism of the review too. :) Also you can follow me on twitter @HoustonDon

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