About two years ago, I was given a pedal one of my teachers built. It's a clone of the original Marshall Blues Breaker pedal (You know, the ones from the 90s you sometimes see going for like $450). Only this is a Build Your Own Clone pedal for like $60. They call theirs the British Blues Overdrive. When I first got it I only kinda liked it. Pretty dark, very low gain. I wasn't really sure what it was for. Being that I was playing a lot of punk at the time, I didnt really love it. But oh boy now I get it! If you're running an amp with too much headroom and you cant get the full sweetness of that poweramp distortion, throw this thing in and just leave it on at all times. Tone on full (because it's quite dark..even all the way open it's still a little darker than your original signal), volume a little bit above unity gain, and gain about 80%. What do you get? Well if you close your eyes, you'd swear you were pushing a low wattage version of your amp into beautiful edge of breakup tones. This thing completely removes the need for an attenuator for me. Now I know the purists are going to say "It's not the same. You're not getting any power amp breakup there". To which I logically agree. However, I gotta say that my ears are having a REAL hard time telling the difference. My sound is full and big and beautiful in my tiny little studio. And when I take it out to jam, I can get very sweet tones without constantly being told to turn down. I gotta say, I get it now.