For the better part of the last 17 years, my playing has been at blues jams--and at home. And I have fussed and fussed over gear. Along the way, I have bought and sold, or bought and modified and sold, probably 4 or 5 Boss Blues-Driver pedals. As of this afternoon, I have a BD-2 again. (This one is fairly old--no SMD, thank you very much!--but in mint condition.) And I have better hopes this time. Why? Because for the better part of a year now, I have been gigging, playing mostly Chicago-style blues. And I have figured out that all the fussing has been much ado about nothing--or at least much ado about insignificant increments of tonal variation. The main things these days are playing in tune, playing in time, and playing with rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic interest. Add that up, and it's plenty to focus on. Not that gear doesn't matter. It certainly does. But at a certain point a "rig" is good enough and all the attention belongs on the music. I have a gig tomorrow. I'm ready to try Tele-->BD-2-->Deluxe Reverb. I expect it to be a good rig for the job.