The confession is that this is the second time I've owned the Animal. I found a used one for sale recently during a business trip to London, and I'm not sure why I decided to give it a second chance. Whatever the reasons, I'm sure glad I did. What an amazing pedal! I'm a bit of a MIAB freak. I've been through so many. Currently I have a Bogner Blue and a Menatone The King on my shelf, and an Angry Charlie v3 and an OCD on my board. The list of MIAB pedals I've tried and sold is long and a bit embarrassing. I don't know why I'm so impressed with the Animal this time round. I liked it the first time, but I didn't like the way it sounded when boosted with a tubescreamer, which I tend to use for most solos. Now I use a Diamond J Drive and a Mooer Rumble Drive for boost duties (along with the OCD),and the Animal seems to work perfectly well with them all. The Animal is really touch sensitive, it sounds incredibly authentic to my ears, cleans up beautifully, does low gain tones as well as high gain - it seems to have everything. If the Animal has a down side, I guess it can be a bit noisy at higher gain settings, but this isn't much of a big deal for me since I tend to go for more vintage tones. I'm still in the (second) honeymoon phase, so I'm dreading the infatuation wearing off. However, I've gone out to the music room about 20 times to see if the Animal really does sound as good as I thought, and every single time, it has totally knocked me out again! It is making my brand new Angry Charlie redundant!!! So far, the Animal just seems like the best MIAB pedal ever!