Hey guys... there are reviews all down this thread.. especially towards the end. here's mine: greetings from Oz dudes ! I think i've found the perfect OD. .......... so ive gone through a fairly long line of overdrives... Ibanez: ts9, ts808, ts9 with mods, fulltone: fulldriveII, dubtronics: tubescreamin', tubescreamin+, CMATMODS: SignaDrive, MI Audio: BBD, Tubezone Crowther: Hotcake, Boss: Super OD, Prescription Electronics Dual Tone, Shannon Overdrive, Zendrive, Lovepedal Eternity, Timmy, Tim, etc The pick of the crop have been the Zendrive, Timmy, Tim and Eternity....... enter the HELIOS. IMO.. the HELIOS is voiced between the Zendrive and Eternity.. but WAY smoother and more articulate and natural. The Eternity, which, to give it all credit is an AMAZING pedal for plugging into a clean amp: beautiful crunchy, woody, smooth hard-hitting channel-in-a-box. ....... its limits as i have found are that it can get a tad raspy when ur using a low wattage amp and pushing the pre-amp with the pedal... and while it does clean with a bit of hair MUCH better than 99% of pedals out there... its still a little more compressed than a true tube amp breakup. the other thing ive found is that it doesnt really shine as a boost pedal... ie complimenting an amp's breakup tone .. i find it too compressed for this purpose. The Zendrive... made my strat sound HUGE.. but i found it was only good for solo lines.. and not so good for rhythm work.. it got too muddy and the gain structure was too all over the place for my liking. the Zen probably has the best tone for solo lines of any pedal ive tried going into a clean amp. so i was telling this to Mr. Eric Shannon who claims to have retired .. and he informed me that he was thinking of getting back into the game and had two new offerings......... the HELIOS and the OXIDE overdrives which he's offering at limited runs for now.. __________________ The Helios ok, now im convinced the HELIOS is the best low gain overdrive pedal i have tried thus far. it is WAY WAY smooth , and retains the bottom end no-end!. it sounds like chocolate. The Eternity is impressive, and so is the Zen... .. but then A/B'd with the HELIOS... i'd pick the latter easily. articulate, just enough gain.. and then enough when you need it.. NO raspiness, no fizzy fuzzy crap.. and every note rings out true. the TONE control takes it from blues to rock... TRY THIS BABY WITH HUMBUCKERS !!! it retains the tone of your instrument more than any of the other pedals listed above. my pedals are now HELIOS --> TIMMY with the TIMMY being used as a gain boost. i dont really know how to do a proper review.. on these things.. but given the price tag Eric's pedals are well worth a look. The OXIDE again....... awesome reviews later in the thread. im happy to answer questions and give my thoughts either pedal. hopefully some other users might be out there.. although im serial no#5 or something ! email Eric and visit his site... he sometimes takes a few days to get back but is always good for a reply: www.shannon-effects.com email@example.com so........how do i use these pedals? my chain now looks like: 1. Shannon Comp. 2 HELIOS 3. TIMMY 4. SHO 5. Zvex FuzzPRobe 1. Shannon Compressor is another story ... you'd have to ask Eric about that. 3. I usually leave the Helios nearly all the time. its completely clean and adds tone to my sound... and then pushes into uncompressed just breakup with some harder picking action. AMAZING. 4. i then run that into the TIMMY for stacking.. which smooths out the TIMMY and makes it sound fuller and not so grainy.. nice, thick, singing overdrive. i think they're the perfect compliment. with the gain primed.. i think theres not much to separate these two pedals. Perhaps the TIMMY sounds a little more "gainy", and the Helios a bit "woodier".Suffice to say...... HUGE props to PAul Cochrane and Eric SHAnnon for taking me to tone heaven. = but when it comes to cost.... the Helios & Oxide are nearly half the price of a new Eternity... $US150 shipped. email him. ..ive even seen a few on sale in the Emporium for $140.. i guess thats cause no one really knows how good these pedals actually are. cheers guys Simon.