This "diehard" compressor user has been comp-free for two weeks and... I'm utterly shocked that I don't miss it. Anyone else have a similar experience - with any effects of course, not just compression? If so, what was your moment of clarity? Have you gone back? For me, it started years ago with a Boss CS-3, then a MXR DynaComp, then a Joemeek floorQ, then a TC Electronic HyperGravity (oh, that Spectra mode with a Tele plugged in!). Studio-grade software plugins that model units from Urei and Avalon. I love compression. Or, at least, I thought I did. A forum member here recently posted a link to session ace Tim Pierce demo'ing the Boss CP-1X, and since it was a video featuring compression and Tim's playing, I clicked almost immediately. I preferred the non-compressed riffs and tones so much more. "That can't be right," I told myself. So I challenged myself to go two weeks without using a compressor, which save for a few situations, has been an "always on" pedal for me over the last 10-plus years. Clearly the comp would squeeze out a victory (yeah... I'll show myself out ). Nope. Maybe in specific situations I'd use it, but after two weeks of not using it for any jams or gigs - and in its place getting wider dynamic range, and more pick/finger control - I can't see where I'd need it. On the flip side, I now have an open spot for another pedal, which is never a bad thing.