I just recieved my new Lovepedal Balance today in the mail so I thought I would post a few intitial thoughts: This pedal is a cameleon - it exhibits characteristics of both an OD and a fuzz - leaning more toward the OD side of the equation. At lower settings, it functions very well as a fat boost. Around 12:00-1:00 you start getting into some hair, after 3:00 the tone begins to take on fuzz-like characteristics. This pedal is very interactive with the volume knob on your guitar - it cleans up very well. Like the COT, as you dial the guitar volume back not only does the tone clean up, but it also becomes brighter and less compressed sounding although, overall, this pedal is a little less bright than the COT). Running this pedal into the Eternity (with the E's gain dialed all the way down) is pure heaven, plus the tone control on the E comes into play, allowing even more control. Sean describes this pedal as a "200 lb COT", which is a better description than I could come up with. If you dig the COT, you will love the Balance. All and all, this pedal is a winner!