Thanks - now THAT'S customer service. I actually have a Semaphore coming from a dealer in the next couple of days - first Catlinbread for me. Look forward to hearing it.Its an overdrive designed for bass and guitar - quite a lot of gain on tap, but I don't think it quite makes it to fuzzland.
Both pedals are highly input sensitive and have a great feel. The SFT's EQ has great versatility, and it has a huge gain range. The HBOD has far, far less gain and a versatile, yet unconventional tone control (the nature knob).
To my ears, the SFT has a much more muscular, aggressive tone than the HBOD, even at low gain levels. The HBOD has a sweet rounded tone, even at full grind, where the SFT has a bit more of an edge, especially with the treble dialed up.
If you want sweet, syrupy tweed grind, it doesn't get much better than the HBOD. But if you want rock and roll, the SFT is a much better choice.