xgritzx, If you are unrefined, then I am an unrefined heathen as well. I have tried a lot of pedals and effects over the years, and in the end, I go with what my ear says is pleasing. (Both to me and to the audience. They matter more than me, in the end.) My current pedal board, signal from right to left, and the prices I paid brand new: Boss CS3 Compressor Sustainer - $90 MXR Talk Box - $135 A fuzz-distortion pedal built for me by a local friend - $90 A boost pedal built for me by another local friend - $90 Donner Pearl Tremor - $30 Electro-Harmonix Mel 9 - $200 Okay, the Mel 9 is pricey. But it's a really nice bang for the buck pedal, and I had been drinking when I ordered it last year.