I will have to try that. I've always had the Saturn V just after the fuzz section. Works very well too. That said, while a fuzz into another fuzz is generally not the best idea, I tried boosting the Sputnik with the Sunface, and it works like a charm. Probably 2 good reasons : the transformer (inductor) at the input of the Sputnik, and the amazingly low noise floor of the Sunface.So...
reviving this just to say stacking a Saturn V into the Sputnik 3 with the calibrate at around 11 (darker, a little more mids maybe?), gain at noon, switch to the right (or left honestly it sounds great in both) is heaven. The V brightens it back up slightly and man it’s killer.
I'm with Urquill on this. The Mission Control will be a bigger extension of your sound palette. But if you have to get a limited Sputnik and already have the standard, then get the meteor because of the different transistors. I have a purple and haven't personnally tried the standard. But most of those who have played both seem to say they sound identical.I have the Standard - and love it. But I do have the opportunity for a Purple Sparkle or Meteor. Is it worth it for a hand-wired one? I could get a Mission Control.
The circuit is what it is, you will have some variance from unit to unit due to parts tolerance, but in my experience of the Sputnik III and homemade clones of the Sputnik I and II (x2), there's a unmistakable "Sputnik sound" in all of them, much stronger than the marginal variances. The II has more EQ options, and the III has its drift circuit tuned differently (better, from my point of view), but the core sounds are the same. So getting a different version of the III you've already have is probably not giving you a much different sound (though the meteor might be an exception to that, as noted above).