Just had a revelation that we have all probably had before (or will hopefully have soon). I haven't played out for a while and have been through quite a few ODs while playing at home. We are told over and over again about how overdrives are often best going into an amp that's turned up a bit. Not necessarily on the edge of breakup but definitely cooking a bit. I've just spent the evening auditioning overdrives through my Laney Lionheart 20w combo with a bad cat unleashed attenuator to determine which ones I keep and which ones I sell and never has this been more true. Some ODs that I had dismissed as harsh and bright just shone at high volume (or simulated high volume care of an attenuator). I've always been a bit skeptical of the whole klon thing and have tried a few without success but the tumnus sounded amazing with Gain up around 10 o'clock. It had more low mids than a blues driver! The Waza BD-2 sounded great in both modes with tone a bit above noon (!!) and Drive at 2 (!!). The mick side of the D&M Drive sounded like rock and roll instead of honky harsh mids. It just goes to show that these pedal designers and their many derivative builders know what they are doing. To anyone struggling with a klon or tube screamer derivative, a BD-2, Timmy, Bluesbreaker or something that sounds a bit thin and lacking in low end or excessively bright - turn up the pedal output volume and turn up your amp volume and get these things working together. Most of these pedals were designed to be played live at volume. The other thing that is worth mentioning is that the boutique $300+ overdrive at bedroom volume is definitely inspiring and has maybe a hint more complexity/body/presence/whatever than a staple cheap one like a TS9 or BD2 but at volume (and with the band) a lot of these differences melt away - especially at face melting volumes! Often for me the pedal that sounded great at amp volume 2 sounds mushy and undefined at amp volume 8. Nothing new in this post but I just hope I can save people the time and money that I have spent hunting for 'that tone'. Electric guitar is meant to be amplified and pedals are there to enhance the tone - when used right the inspiration will just flow through you. Next band practice will have a much smaller board with just the right tools for the job on it, nothing more. Full disclosure: this will not stop me buying overdrives! It will just remind me to audition and use them under the right circumstances.