There are so many good pedals and it all depends on guitar/pu/amp/speaker as to which one will be exactly right for you. I've got a HAO Rust Driver, Aya Drivesta, Lovepedal JTM, Jubilee and Purple Plexi. All different and depends on my needs. If I want Paul Kossoff/Thin Lizzy, I kick on HAO, roll of vol knob a hair and I'm there. But you know I can take this ... Run it into this ... And all those pedals become afterthoughts as far as playing dynamics and real tube grind and compression are concerned. 2 tube gain stages, each with their own gain knob and a full dual mids parametric + dual shelving EQ. Any sound you want is there, you just have to know how to set it up. I've had these 2 for over a decade so controls are 2nd nature to me. There really is nothing like that 12au7 Cream Machine runs as a power tube soak in v2. Some preamp tubes actually glow blue in that slot just like a power amp tube.