Thanks, Mr.B, I've seen that trick before. I don't think the guitar volume would be too good of a solution in the case where I want to turn the pedal on for a solo (and don't need the whole pack o' gain). I would simultaneously have to push the switch and turn the vol knob down. You never hit the right guitar vol the first time (especially when you have the metal knobs with no numbers), so in my opinion a gain knob would be necessary for all the pedals used for soloing.
Oh, and about the velvety sound, I'm guessing the additional caps turn the pedal smooth in all its range. I'd like to have the tone control (or an additional control) to go the whole way from screamin' fuzz to muffled clean Santana.
As you see, I'm in love with the Creamy Dreamer and wouldn't accept much less from my muff-type pedal.
Also, the CD seems to allow an enormous volume gain since the output is equal with the clean when the vol knob is somewhere about 8-9 o'clock. Does WB also do that?
Oh and thanks Al, I found the 517 from the local store.