On a whim
I was in search of something to help with my exuberant flares I tend to get into while playing. I would play a tasteful solo, at an adequate volume, and then get so excited, throw it into high gear, and blow the rest of the band away, volume-wise. I try to keep it under control, but sometimes it feels so good!
I was turned onto trying a compressor from a friend, and after extensive research, decided that this was the pedal, despite its price tag. When I got it, I plugged it in at home, and found it was very helpful to my tone, my "excitement" volume levels, and it held sustain very nicely. But I still wasn't confident the pedal was worth the dough I threw down.
The best test was playing it live, with my band. I was blown away at how nicely it complemented my guitar's natural tone, along with keeping my volume under control. My girlfriend asked after the show what it did, so don't expect a lot of positive feedback from listeners, but it is VERY distinguishable, from the player's point of view, to what it does for sound.
I also played it with an acoustic guitar to find similar and enjoyable results.
Playing softly brings those notes to the front as well.
Definitely worth it.