I've had this pedal now for about 3 months and here are my feelings about it at this point and how I am utilizing it... My main rig is a Fryette GP/DI into Fryette PS-2 and Fane A60 1x12. With this setup I never use the Benson Preamp because the Fryette's overdrive tones are already so glorious. Where I've found the Benson Preamp to be super useful and great sounding is when I need to run direct. In those situations, I am using the Benson Preamp as my "amp" running into a Neunaber Iconoclast for my "cabinet" with time based effects sitting in between the Benson and the Neunaber. Hearing this setup fed back to me through a floor monitor or in-ears, I honestly cannot tell the difference (in a mix) between this and a mic'd up amp. The Benson Pre is very responsive to volume knob changes just like a real amp would be and along with the compression added by the Neunaber makes the whole thing feel very much like a real amp. So whereas I don't use it in the typical fashion as an OD pedal, I am extremely happy about the way it sounds in my mini-direct rig.