Like all of us I took a long OD journey trying many brands. I have two that I love, are expensive, but worth it to me. Transparent- Greer Amps Lightspeed. The most truly transparent I've tried. Sounds like my amp cranked w/o having to crank my amp. Distortion- XTS Winford Drive. Thick but articulate, cleans up awesome. The are pricey, but for me ...worth it to stay inspired at live gigs.