Boutique is good, but keep an open mind & ear: There are some cool pedals that are dirt cheap too!
* The Arion SCH1 Chorus was an outstanding and quite a cheap, unboutique pedal.
* The PB&J Delay sounds beautiful and doesn't need true bypass if it's on most of the time!
* I prefer a $26 Chinese OD over my Fulltone OCD and ZenDrive for a lot of my gain tones.
Have fun checking out a host of pedals, budget & boutique, and find some cool tones.
Ech - I just played an Arion and it was awful. Any tips on which ones are good?
About overdrives - I've never found one that I liked until I bought my Jetter Red Square. I find that a lot of expensive overdrives sound just as bad and fizzy as any Boss or DOD. I didn't like the Zendrive or the OCD well enough to replace my Boss SD1 and OD3. The Jetter has done that - easily. Amazing tone.