Hey TB fam, I am looking into getting a compressor and have been doing quiet a bit of research on the topic. Have been on ovnilab numerous times to research and have searched through these forums, but I wanted to come to TB for "tales of experience" where certain compressors are concerned. What I am looking for as a fairly transparent compressor, as I am not looking for tonal coloration but if there is some I could probably live with it. My rig is a Precision 5 string w stainless steel strings into a GK 1001RB into a sealed 410 cab with no tweeter. I typically play with an aggressive fingerstyle approach and on occasion with a pick, doing so in a hard rock/metal context. I originally had been looking at a DBX 166 (due to Steve Harris' use of them), however, I realized that for my needs a pedal based compressor would be the route to go as I am trying to assemble a pedalboard that would deliver "my sound" via DI. Keeley Bassist (supposedly a DBX 166 in a pedal and nearly impossible to get a bad setting) MXR Bass Compressor (many seem happy with them, seems to be THE pedal comp) Diamond BCP1 (have been told it "fattens" the sound, but I am not needing that) Wampler Ego or Ego Mini (*adding as an edit and suggested addition to the list) Empress (added as an edit and suggestion, though a bit more expensive than I wanted to spend) So for any whom have owned the above compressors, what are the positives and negatives you have experienced? Bonus points if you've used any of these in a hard rock/metal context or with a rig similar to mine. * edit: I am trying to stay in the $200 range, but might be willing to go a little higher.... ** edit 2: removing Spectracomp as reaction to it has generally been less than favorable. Thanks in advance!