Yeah, Mike at Fulltone is a very off-putting guy, in my experience. Doesn't affect the gear, but it's annoying. I have a DD-3, and a Wampler FTE, which is in the same vein as a Belle Epoch. If you're going for a vintage slap, don't expect the DD-2 to sound very good in comparison. My DD-3 has it's place (limited, for my taste), but not for this. In my opinion. Good luck finding what you want.