I've used a little of this "time at home" to go through my old, long forgotten gear in the back of the closet to try new combinations and see why I retired it in the first place. I was also playing my SV20 (in 5 watt mode) thru a 2x12 in short doses because of the volume issue. My neighbors certainly can't enjoy it like I do. I got sick of the sound of attenuators with this amp and the volume box in the loop just wasn't floating my boat anymore either so the amp hasn't been getting the love it deserves during this time of extended practice. Two days ago, as a last ditch effort, I decided to cycle thru some old pedals from the drawer, some of which once lived on my pedalboard at some time and a few that never made the final cut. First up was the Ibanez TS9DX. Why not, right? I was on to something. I could live with it in it's first two modes but after awhile it was soundding a little too woolly. This is a pretty bright amp. As much as I didn't want to admit, the pedal game looked like the way to go with this amp at really reasonable volumes. Ultimately, the amp was still a little louder than I wanted it to be to get a nice sound out of it. Next up was my tried and true modded Boss SD-1. It has always worked with all my Marshall amps. This one was only recently removed from my main board after a 12 year reign. Sounded like a grittier tubescreamer. Next. Digitech SC-2 was the follow up. It sounded pretty good, the tone controls helped and it was interesting switching between "crunch" and "saturated" but it ultimately made the amp sound a little too "modern" for lack of a better term. I was starting to feel that the pedal has too be too dominant when playing at the volume that I was looking for. Then I went to the DOD 250. Again, I liked it and it was cool messing with the gain but it was also not quite there for me. Usable, yes but far more enjoyable when the amp was turned up a little more. For a joke I pulled out the Behringer Super Fuzz SF300 next. As always, I love the sound of this pedal but it's not a sound I can use all the time. But it led me to the rest of the discarded fuzz section of the closet. I guess I should add here that I was playing a Les Paul with humbuckers through the amp. Well, the first on after Behringer was the winner. It is a Throbak Stone Bender based, I guess, on Jimmy Page's tonebender. I'll be damned if this little box didn't make that SV20 sound just like a vintage cranked Marshall at volume that won't raise the dead! Cleans up perfectly with the volume pot too. It took out the low thump in a way that your ear does not miss it. So much more complex in sound compared to the overdrives. It transformed my SV20 into a bedroom amp and no longer lives on the bottom shelf. If you need to keep the volume down and have a tonebender type pedal, definitely try it with this amp. If your sick of the attenuated sound and want it to sound cranked when it's not, again, try a tonebender. I cant wait to let it rip on full volume.