1 JimmyR 4 weeks ago As I've had some time on my hands I've been making overdrive pedals and really getting into how to improve some circuits I have liked but felt needed some tweaking to be "just right" for me.As I've been running out of candidates to try I thought I'd try building a Barber Direct Drive as on paper these have always seemed like they should be perfect for me but they kinda haven't whenever I've tried one. David Barber kindly posts the schematics of his pedals as service diagrams on his site so I drew up a layout for a LTD Silver Overdrive.Well how surprised was I when I plugged it in and it sounded great! I didn't change much from the stock schematic. When I tried one of these when they first came out it sounded ok but as if something was wrong with it - there was some annoying harshness in the note decay and the clipping sounded wrong in a way I can't really describe. But the one I built sounds really good.So today I built a variation of that circuit - the Direct Drive - based on parts of his schematics on his site. It sounds even better! The Direct Drive I bought years ago had similar issues to the LTD Silver but this one I built today sounds incredible!So I'm really confused. Were the pedals I bought somehow defective? It's weird because I tried at least three and all sounded almost broken. So all this time I have been under the impression that Barber makes terrible pedals and all the reviews are somehow made up by people with tin ears and it's all really weird.The other thing which is odd is that if Barber pedals do actually sound as good as the ones I built - and I can't see why they wouldn't as he knows how to build a pedal - why aren't more people raving about them? They're extremely fairly priced much as the Timmy was but I actually prefer these over the Timmy.So I'm really glad I tried this. Funny what happens when you get desperately bored.