Wifey got me a Soul Food back in February for my birthday. It was actually not at the top of my wish list, but still, it was a nice surprise. I have to admit, I have struggled with using it on my board. It is a noisy beast, but I can live with that. Main problem is that I just couldn't get a tone out of it that I liked, but I went ahead and put it on the board anyway. I almost always use a Timmy always on, a Rat for my dirt, into a Blues Junior just on the edge of breakup and Master Volume on max. I use my guitar volume knob to vary between clean and filthy. The amp is loud at that setting, but the sound techs trust me to keep my volume under control. The Soul Food just messed all that up, so didn't really use it. Well, Friday at a gig I was plugged into someone else's amp (a Roland Cube), and the Rat just sounded like crap. Could not get a decent sound anywhere, so ignored it and tried the Soul Food. For some reason, it sounded amazing. By the way, I hated that Cube. My friend gets great sounds out of it. I get a sterile solid-state sounding mess. I digress.... Well, based on Friday's experience with the Soul Food, I decided to bite the bullet and ride it today. I had to change the Timmy up to work with the SF, and the SF is mids heavy, so I had to tame the mids on the amp a bit. But once I had that, I had a lot of fun. Really, really liked what was coming out of the rig. Used the Rat today only once... when I wanted some really thick screaming leads, I had all three on... SF -> Rat -> Timmy. I loved that sound, but I decided to not over-use it... that will be a special occasion thing. Anyway, sometimes it pays to dust off an orphan pedal and giver her another shot. Or maybe an amp that has fallen out of favor. Or maybe a combination of effects. That's all.... just havin' fun today.