Baroni have been around for years making some very nice tube amps and hand made pedals. They have a good rep for quality.
With this pedal they came up with a simple but very effective idea. Instead of making an OD using the standard FET style transistors why not go back 2 generations and use germanium transistors.
All of the early '60's Fuzz pedals used germanium transistors. There was a few years to go before silicon ones were readily available and cheap enough.
Fortunately the Baroni is powered by a 12 volt adapter and that gives you a lot of headroom ...so you get great articulation with a very low latency on your attack. Every note in a 'shred' is clear! Impressive!
Personally I would not recommend this pedal 'if' this is your only OD. Most would be better off with a medium gain Marshall OD pedal.
If however you are like me & you love the idea of a Fuzz
but prefer a more OD like quality to the voicing ...then this could be perfect.
I do not know of any comparison to this pedal. It has a sound as heavy as a Metal pedal but the tone is closer to a Fuzz yet it responds like an OD. It has a sound of it's own.
I'm impressed. VERY!
I ordered one ..checkout the GD Island below.