I had recently purchased this pedal and had really high hopes from various demos I had heard. Sadly, it didn't quite meet my expectations. Last Friday my Catalinbread arrived and I was overjoyed. I had spent a few days listening to demos and couldn't wait to plug it in and start playing. I pulled out my Les Paul and turned on Marshall and set everything up. I started with all of the dials at 12 o'clock as i usually do when I get a new pedal so I can learn what they all do. I struck a A5 chord and though wow, this sound pretty good. It had a good overall distortion sound, but it seemed to be lacking in what I had heard in the demos. I started playing a few licks throughout the neck and nothing special was really standing out to me. I shrugged and thought, everything is set to 12 o'clock, perhaps if I get to know these knobs I can dial in something sweet. If you know anything about this pedal, it comes equipped with Baxandall tone control. Basically, if you dime the treble and bass and you get a scooped midrange, if you back them off and turn up the volume, your midrange increases. This is one of the reasons I purchased this pedal. With both the treble and bass wide open I got a really harsh sounding distortion, and after just purchasing an MI Audio Crunch Box, this sound really turned me off. I switched between the bass and treble knobs to make adjustments to find something usable. It sounded very muddy and I had hoped to hear more fuzz then distortion, unfortunately this wasn't the case for me. I decided to increase the mid range by dropping the bass and treble and increasing the volume level. I again found a lot more distortion sounding then fuzz. I did discover that turned the bass to 9 o'clock and the treble all the way up with the volume to 3 o'clock did start to produce some sounds that I sort of liked. Unfortunately, after giving my ears a break and returning to those settings, I found it was really thin and it wasn't want I wanted. The tonal ranges I had heard from others were very deep, dark and high gain fuzz. I experienced quite the opposite with my rig. After awhile of trying different settings, mimics settings I had heard in the online demos and trying various ideas, I had to conclude that this pedal wasn't for me. I would probably compare my experience with this pedal to the Boss Blues Driver. If you're looking at this pedal, I would suggest demoing these side by side. Keep in mind these opinions are only that, opinions. Your mileage may vary.