I got this sTone Bender a month ago and been fooling around with it, with mixed results. Once you get it going in the right setup, it's beautiful, massive, vicious and very old school a far as tone benders go! It's not a very gainy fuzz, unless you flick the pre gain switch (which I don't particularly like), but it delivers more than enough fuzz to get along with any slightly crunchy amp. I would love it, if it weren't for the noise level! I read that the tone bender circuit is a little noisy by design. They used to be only battery powered as well, but this one has a 9V power input, like modern pedals. Great! But it sucks!!! I use a Voodoo Labs pedal power or a T Rex Fuel Tank. The Noise is quite frankly unbearable with a power plug connected. If there's a battery in the unit at the same time, it's even worse! When you pull out the power plug, the noise drops to normal or reasonable levels. You're basically obliged to use a battery... I can not imagine a reputable company like Throbak would produce an anomaly like that, so I wonder if there's anything wrong with the pedal. It looks brand new, but I'm not the first owner. Any ideas??