Yea, I understand your point. But the dif between an mxr and ross compressor is that supposedly ross added a couple parts so they could say it was not an exact copy, probably for legal reasons. functionally the same. Most of the ts9/od1 clones out there, if you change a single diode, is that enough? That will change the sound. Or change the value of one resistor? That will change the sound. My point is, yea, a lot of these are rip offs of someone else's work. changing one part to make it "different" is pretty much the same thing. There was this big hub bub a while back, a company that seems to have a rep for cloning pedals and saying they are original, got into it with another maker, claiming they had ripped off that persons work. The pedal in question was basically a mod of someone ELSE's pedal, from what some people were saying. Maybe joyo or whomever changes one part. Can you patent a circuit? Boss patented asynchronous diode clipping, which is why the TS, which is like an OD1, does not have that. The best mod to a TS is to change out the diodes, and there are a Ton of clones that are just that, with the diodes changed. I think price is irrelevant. It's all a grey area at best.