I've spent the last couple weeks scouring this forum (instead of working on my thesis paper) and I've found it to be great - such a wealth of information. My only problem is...now I've been enlightened to the gazillion different choices/possibilities of pedals for what I want in terms of tone. I need to resolve this pedal gas so I can get on with my life! What I want in terms of sound: (a) a great low gain sound, clear, articulate... possibly even very slightly compressed, or at least the illusion that it is slightly compressed (that added sustain). It's that very present clean sound with that touch of hair that gives definition and a slight edge to the attack.. I'm finding it hard to describe. (b) a medium gain that will give me a great solo sound - continuing into that slight compressed sound, giving it a fat smooth sound while maintaining chord clarity/articulation . I really like the idea of being able to dig in for greater gain, and then back off with the volume to clean things up a bit. My set-up: US Strat --> Fender Deluxe Reverb RI. I've also got a Catalinbread Hyperpak (which i love) that i want to layer on top for that visceral aggressive sound. I like to play a lot of different kinds of music, mostly blues and bluesy/classic rock type things, but I have my moments with country and jazz What I've come up with thus far: Xotic BB Preamp Xotic AC Booster Menatone Red Snapper MI Audio Blues Pro MI Audio Blues Boy Deluxe Barber Direct Drive Barber LTD Barber Small Fry I know I sound rather desperate, but i want/need to get my gas taken care of (without buying them all and trying them out one by one). Any suggestions for narrowing things down for me given what I want to do with them? Thank you!