The verdict is out and the decision as been made. The distortion will be released as a stand alone pedal. I have always loved Soldano amps, my favourite is the SLO-100 which I've owned, along with the Supercharger, and used for years. Mark Knopfler has been my hero and the times I liked his tone the most was when he used the Soldano SLO-100. This pedal is my take on that amp and sound.