I bought this after researching compressors online and out in the wild. My #1 choice was the Mark Bass Compressore, but it was discontinued, and I wanted something with longevity. The TalkBass community seemed to like this one. I can see why!
It was easy to get what I needed (tame the attack, add sustain) for live playing. It's otherwise transparent. And I totally agree about hoping that adding the meter got someone a raise or big fat bonus. It's genius.
My only complaint is the LED brightness; that can put an eye out! Probably useful outdoors. Tape helps indoors.
Dunlop MXR M87 Bass Compressor
A complete array of controls: Attack, Release, Ratio, Input, and Output makes it easy to fine-tune your sound, from subtle peak limiting to hard