A little over a year ago I decided to move away from digital modeling/multi effects units and piece together a actual pedal board. I bought a range of things, some new, some used from CL. I ended up with. TC HOF TC Flashback TC Ditto mini Keeley "Dyno my roto" EHX Metal Muff Joyo ultimate drive Biyang OD (TS clone) Donner Morpher Donner tuner pedal Wampler velvet fuzz All in the span of about a month. After reflecting on this for several months, I have came to the conclusion that the pedal market/industry has became just about as contrived and deluded as "Custom shop" guitars... And I have also noticed that alot of manufacturers aren't doing any of their own advertising anymore, which I suspect is entirely strategic. They put their product in the hands of every "gear demonstrator" on YouTube and every place else, because they can then deny any "falsehoods" that are spread around about the product. It's been said a thousand times that pedals wether they be "off the shelf" or "boutique" (what a nasty word) aren't worth nearly the asking price, not that there aren't some reasonable deals out there. Even though I LOVE my velvet fuzz and I think Brian Wampler is a great pedal builder and a genuinely nice guy, his entire operation is built on hype and the fact that it's "hand made in the USA" Why exactly do nearly all of Wamplers pedals cost exactly the same money? And why is nearly every pedal available in a "regular/deluxe" configuration? You mean to tell me a tremolo circuit costs the same to build as an OD circuit? Not hardly... Not picking on Wampler, just using them as an example. Earthquaker is another good example. Same with JHS. How many of these pedals today are actually innovative, and not using nostalgia and lack of innovation as selling points? It makes my skin crawl and makes me feel nasty for buying into it. Just saw the new Horizon "precision drive" priced at $220 USD....for a distortion box! More like EXTORTION box. I'm really considering revoking my GAS card, because the whole thing is nauseating. When you can buy an AWSOME amp for the price of 3 or 4 pedals something is WRONG!!