First, let's agree that this pedal is build like a tank. Extraordinarily tough enclosure and obviously put together with a lot of care. On to the sound...well, it just is not anything special, regardless of price. It's got good transparency if that's what you are looking for but seems to only work well as a clean boost or in front of any already distorted amp. I bought this for low-to-medium gain in front of a clean amp and it was very disappointing in that application; not smooth, not dynamic, not at all inspiring to play. At higher gain settings it was raspy and a bit tubby sounding. On to other things.