Luckily I brought the Dracarys with me. I gave it a good play through the other day and wow. It was in my mental pile of "maybe" pedals to sell, but not anymore. I really do prefer the open setting vs the tight. It is very smooth, musical (not raspy in any way), and has decent note and chord clarity (I tried a lot of complex chords, as well as fast single note riffing). I tried it with a bunch of different guitars with different pickups and tunings - Jackson KV2T (D-std), Wolfgang (Drop-D), Mayones Regius 6 (C#-std) and Regius 7 (Drop-A). The pedal thoroughly kicked ass and my only regret is I'm living in a villa and can't crank it loud enough to really see how it performs at high volumes. But at decent volumes it was awesome. Still doesn't beat out my top two (MI Audio Megalith Delta and Custom Audio Fortis High Drive) or the KSR Ares I have en route... but it's close. It is definitely not for old school rock/metal. You don't get that satisfactory bloom associated with strumming an A chord through a cranked Marshall... but it's not for AC/DC and GnR - this is for KSE, As I Lay Dying, All That Remains, etc type music. YMMV Try the Walrus Audio Iron Horse v2. It's a much better RAT with low noise and a killer modern setting that is much tighter and less hairy than an old school RAT (it can also get there too).