MXR has evolved in my eyes to being one of the best large manufacturers (non-boutique) of effect pedals. Back in the day, my friends and I didn't consider them much and gravitated toward "the other guys." But now, "the other guys" have either gone out of business, no longer make pedals or aren't making anything that engages me.
The Bass Octave Deluxe is certainly a testament to what MXR is turning out -- superb sound, rugged construction and fantastic reliability. Additionally, they've embraced the true bypass function on all the MXR pedals I've purchased. Bravo!