I just got the PureTone Buffers, and had a chance to play them and compare them last night. They sound fantastic. I’m so, so happy that I discovered them, and can’t say enough good things. I don’t play guitar for a living, but I’ve been playing for almost 20 years, in some professional cover bands, as well as paid studio work. I’ve had a TON of buffers in my rig from time to time: T1M MiniBuffer, Axess BS2, MXR/CAE401 Line Boost, Boss TU2/TU3.
One crucial area in which most “expensive” buffers fail is in the treble content. Most people confuse “treble” with “clarity”, and most of the high-end buffers I’ve had just add WAY too much treble content. Sonically, just like you claim, your buffer is uber-neutral sounding, yet still clear. The mids sound, and feel, really natural. And the treble isn’t over-hyped. I’ve been running the T1M buffer under my board lately. And while that buffer is hard to beat for $39 bucks, it lacks a certain clarity that the PureTone has. Yours is much more clear in the mids. In a back to back comparison, the T1M sounds a little congested in the mids, and a little muddy on the low end.
Bottom line: when I’m using the PT buffer, I don’t know it’s even there. Whereas I *knew* when my $200 Axcess BS2 was on, because my ears were bleeding. (haha). To top it all off, your price point is fantastic. It’s absurd that people are charging, and spending, $150+ for a buffer. AND the size of yours is perfect. It can be mounted under my board, and doesn’t take up actual pedal real estate.