So i tried one of the silicon Barker Ass Masters in the guitar center and decided that i am definitely getting a Barker Ass Master, but i'm not sure if i want the germanium version instead of the silicon. The reason being is that i'm not sure how it would affect the tone and i want to be sure before dishing out so much money for a fuzz box. The only thing i didn't like about the silicon was that it was a little "splatty" sounding but not so much that its a problem, but i'm afraid with the germanium that it wont be as intense, won't have as much of a "buzz saw tone", or even worse it has the same splatty sound but loses the harshness that i love about the silicon version. The reason i'm getting this fuzz is because i want a fuzz that really sounds like a fuzz which i didn't feel my bass big muff did for me. I'm not looking for a synth tone but more of a synthyish fuzz that doesn't sound anything like a distortion or "classic tone". If anyone could tell me the key tonal differences between the pedals i would greatly appreciate it. Also it should be noted that i thought of this in the store so to try to get an idea of how the germanium vs silicon would affect the tone i a/b-ed 2 fuzz faces (one silicon and one germanium) and chose the silicon as being more of what i wanted by a long shot.