I *think* the Catalinbread Talisman is the pedal of my dreams, but I am not willing to spend $200 to find out. I just wish I knew someone I could borrow one from for an hour to try with my rig because I am also not willing to buy one and return it just because I don't like it.
My threshold for buy to try is $100 or less since I am no longer in a band.
A Matchless Hot Box and Hughes & Kettner Tube Rotosphere like the ones I sold many years ago. Only trouble (except for the $$$s) is they're too big for pedalboards - especially both of them. But arguably, you might not need any other effects, except maybe a compressor.
-Original klon (would love to try one)
-Hermida zendrive (tried the lovepedal version and would like to compare)
-Kingsley Page (tried it and love it)
-Kingsley Maiden (curiousity)
-An oldschool tape delay machine