I posted in mid-2019 about trying this pedal out and saying "I don't get it" and that I wouldn't get it. At some point, I decided that I am missing a Timmy from the board and the comparison and quest began - there was simply too many good things said about the Timmy. I had even said I didn't want to spend the money and was looking at inexpensive clones... yet here I am...so how did this happen? The short of it is, I listened to enough Timmy and Jan Ray videos (TPS being the most convincing one) comparing the two sounds that it became obvious the pedals are not exactly the same, but similar, despite what has been said. The Jan Ray is brighter overall and in my rig, that is something I felt like I wanted/needed as I am mostly into 335s these days and that sound tends to be a bit darker/woodier, depending on pickups. I figured if I got it for a good price, it could flip in time without much of a great loss - chalk it up to education - the price was about as good as I could find on used market. My initial impression of the pedal in my own rig is that it is quite wonderful and a sound that I really lean towards - uncompressed, nice dirt, without a harsh/brittle high end. The Xotic Soul Driven is perhaps the closest thing I have presently to it in that sound. Not sure how close they really are yet - need to play with them back and forth for a bit. Maybe the JR will stay, maybe I will flip it because it ends up not being different enough. I don't see myself getting rid of the Soul Driven - its really, really good. If any of y'all have kept up with my antics over the past two years, I have gone through many, many, overdrive pedals in the quest for tone. It has been quite an education and I can reasonably say that the quest is winding down. [waiting for laugher, coughing to die down] The quest is nearing the end, not specifically because of the Jan Ray, but because I keep coming back to the same pedals and sounds I now have. While there are plenty more pedals to try, there aren't many different enough pedals to try. The Timmy (and clones) were one of the ones I had not gotten to. I am about 1.5 years out from my KoT (production has recently slipped) and that will be the cherry, if they are still making them. Until then, the foxcatcher will keep me happy in the bluesbreaker department. What I have found overall is that every sound I like, the pedals that really impress me, they have [mostly] existed since the 90s (bluesbreaker, klon, Timmy, etc.) and there isn't that much new, original, or different out there now that isn't just a copy of something else already there. The Jan Ray certainly mimics the Timmy in many respects but it's a different enough variation, and I prefer that variation over the stock Timmy, mostly for the reasons stated above.