26 Proteus 4 months ago A recent discovery.Effectrode's PC-2A is a high-end boutique pedal compressor generally accepted to work "pretty much just like" the iconic/famous/yaddayadda Teletronix LA-2A rack box. I have one (the Effectrode, that is), and it's wonderful. It also has tubes, is expensive for a comp pedal, and will work only with its included power supply.I also have (and have had for years) the Aphex Punch Factory which includes more features than the Effectrode, can't possibly be made to sound bad, did little business when in production, and is now cheapity cheap on the used market.In A/B comparisons, I can't tell the performance of the two pedals apart. The Effectrode can be adjusted over a wider range (and thus made to sound, if not bad, then at least not ideal for the situation), and the Punch Factory doesn't follow it into those wider ranges (at both the less-compression and more-compression ends of the dial). But in that huge middle area of functionality where we find the sweet spots for guitar, the pedals are indistinguishable in performance.Moral of story: for less than 100.00, a used original orange-version Punch Factory will get you truly premium compression: ie, smooth, quiet, artifact-free, "transparent," velvety and rich. The PF and the amazing Boss CP-1X (which is pricier), in my obsessive opinion, offer the best cost-for-tone value in pedal compressors. (And the Xotic SP is only a hair's-breadth behind.)These three make choices in low-dollar (NOT low-end) compression much easier than in the high end of the market, where there are more candidates. For the smoothest, most unobtrusive compression, it's the Punch Factory. For the classic OTA Ross/DynaComp effect, the Xotic. For idiot-proof ease of use in a widely versatile comp, the Boss.