I came across what will likely become my high-gain OD. Has this happened to anyone else? In my off and on quest for a low-gain, transparent overdrive with just that right sound, which included various contenders, I tried two more last week, cuz there were some crazy deals going on on the interwebs last week for some reason. I picked up a Fairfield Barbershop and EQD Monarch. I don't know why I hadn't picked up the Monarch before, as I'm drawn to the Orangey type of crunch from time to time. In any case, the Monarch sounds great! But, it has a little more gain than I'm looking for for this particular application, even at it's lowest setting. Plus, it can get LOUD! I didn't even turn the level knob past 9 o'clock, except to see how loud it could get. What I really enjoyed, however, was the high-gain tone of the Monarch. Almost square-wave in character and has a doubled effect past 3 o'clock. Anyways, I like it enough that I think I'm going to hold onto it even though I don't have much use for it at this moment in time. But don't be too surprised if you find it in the classifieds here. If it wasn't for the Barbershop, the Monarch would probably be pulling my OD duties, but the quality of the BS is well-documented here at TB, and truly is undeniable for me. That said, I can definitely recommend the Monarch for anyone looking for a pedal that can go from low-gain warmth to snarly, crunchy high-gain. The tone controls offer even more versatility, and, of course, the EQD build quality is outstanding.