All of my favorite pedals are noisy tonesuckers. Except this one that I made years ago - it's an overthought, breadboarded Badass Distortion that I cobbled together following Joe Gore's ToneFiend projects. My first try at a circuit. First time using a breadboard. I can crank the gain all the way so that it sounds almost like a fuzz pedal, and it adds almost no noise at all. So why can't Earthquaker make their Dispatch Master like that? Instead of that hiss and weird, barely-kept-at-bay oscillation in the background? Or my most recent acquisition, an Empress ParaEQ? Why can't it be a little quieter and a little less like I just turned on the water faucet? I've got good cables, good power, everything is running on a Voodoo PP2 and ground-isolated. I'm not sure if there's anything else I can do to help it along. But I don't hear it in demos very often. That Pedal Show guys will switch between a bunch of pedals - many I've tried - but seldom do I really hear a difference in the noise floor. Maybe I am doing something wrong. Surely I don't need a $2000 switcher just to solve this. I understand that things have to be amplified, and amplifiers will add noise. But what about my tonefiend project?? If I can crank the gain on a cheap dirtbox made by me (and I know almost nothing about electronics and soldered it together on vero board) without adding noise, why can't these professional pedal builders design a circuit that doesn't dirty everything up just for turning it on?? Lately, it's just been a relief to turn the damned things off and plug straight in. But I miss my reverb. And want a little less 250khz. I hate compromises.