I had the same experience with the one I bought during that time period. Got it new / direct from Fulltone.
Muddy , dull , uninspiring - even with the treble cranked.
Disappointing for sure. I ended up using an EHX Glove, which also cost me 50% less than the OCD.
Years ago, I remember trying all sorts of distortion, overdrive, etc.
I could never get that sound out of my head and into my amp.
Then my brother says "try this" and gives me a Black Russian Muff, in a wooden box.
It was like a crack in the ground had opened up, and pure heat was pouring out...
I own 18 Chorus pedals ( used to be more ).
It's an essential item for me, both for nostalgia and creativity.
I second the recommendation of the Seymour Duncan Catalina.
It really is a cut above the crowd.
I configured many multi row pedalboards,
and had the layout & wiring headaches to go with them.
Then I tried a single row Pedlatrain Nano Max.
I have three of them now, and will probably never go back to the multi row boards.
1. "Trying" to make cool gear work for you, is a waste of time/distraction. Use whatever sounds good to you.
2. I own a lot of guitars ("need to have one of everything"). Yet I grab my old, worn in Tele nearly every time.
3. I was routinely underwhelmed by overdrives, until I cranked up the...
Had that happen to unused work boots.
It was a spare pair, in the top of a closet.
Forgot about them, for years and years.
Pulled them out one day, to have a look.
Still like new..except the rubber soles had turned into a tacky pile of brown rubber clumps.
OD-1X, DS-1X, DA-2, MD-2, OD-3, ODB-3
All have been on my boards in recent years.
About a year ago, I took my basically unused
DS-1X for a test spin, to see if I should keep it or sell it.
I was a bit stunned as to how good it sounded.
I have taken time off, at different periods in my adult life.
From playing in bands as a young adult, to not playing at all (for several years) in my late 20's/ early 30's (career took over).
These days I sometimes go a month or more,
without playing , mostly just from being busy with other...