I hope it's not a slippery slope ... I play clean the vast majority of the time. Ever since I bought my Fender amp, I've been very pleased with my clean sound but more and more I find myself wanting to play music that would benefit from a good low-gain overdrive sound. Unfortunately, the Hot Rod Deluxe's dirty channel is widely known as one of the worst in the tube amp world. With very low-gain it was usable but certainly not satisfying. So I was in Ottawa today and went to my favorite store, Lauzon. I did a mini shootout with the Robert Keeley-modded Boss BD-2 Blues Driver, Fulltone OCD and Xotic AC. As could be expected, all three pedals were quite nice, just different. The Fulltone OCD sounded great but it was too much gain for me. The Xotic AC was very flexible but I thought it always colored the sound too much for my taste. The Keeley Blues Driver was the best choice for me. It was the most transparent and was the sound that I was looking for. Unfortunately, I didn't have a stock BD-2 to compare with but considering all the great reviews that Keeley pedals get I decided to buy it. Hopefully I won't end up with a dozen pedals and a monster board by Christmas.