Does anyone here understand were I'm coming from?
I know what I love. I don't want to go through anymore learning curves. Maybe there are new pedals that equal or beat what I'm looking for, (although I doubt it). I don't care. I want what I love on my pedal board forever.
I have a couple I have done this with, mostly because they were limited runs and I liked how they sounded over others:
MXR Brown Acid Fuzz - suppose to be a bass fuzz, I love it on guitar - only 150 made - I have two.
Nobels ODR-1 Ltd Ed - to me, it sounds better than a normal one, although its not suppose to be. I have two.
Ii think most pedals could honestly be repaired back to working condition, except maybe for that diode, op-amp, or transistor that was/is special and no longer made. The newer surface mount stuff, as opposed to older through-hole designs, not so much.
I had a Coppersound FoxCatcher that I loved, switches went wonky, had it repaired by the company and they told me it would be a new board, but should be no different sonically. Played it for 10 minutes after it came back and sold it - just wasn't the same, although it was close - the "magic" was gone. I was bummed. Coppersound makes great stuff, not mad, but you know, it wasn't the same thing I loved before.
I probably have one or two other duplicates I can't remember off-hand.