Thanks, SG. It will now go into my shrine/rack of awful/awesome comps which include: Symetrix 501 (toggle), Ashly SC-50, Shure SE-30, Valley People Dyna-Mites. The ones that are on the fence between ugly and beautiful are: dbx 160VU, dbx 160X, dbx 165, MXR M136. The ones that sound good and are used when I need pretty neutral smooshing: Aphex Expressor, Art Pro VLA.
I'm building 2 Drip 175s simultaneously. They'll be a whole new stratosphere. I'm hoping to be able to use them on the mix buss.
A friend has an old stereo tube RCA program limiter that he got in Nashville that we used to run mixes through. It was horrible and incredible all at once.
You'd have to be real careful with the left-right balance cause you'd never know what mood it would wake up in, but for the right song, it was GOD-LIKE. All my digi-crap was forgiven. There's a little guitar device I have called "The Redeemer", and it's a shame they got the rights to that name because the right buss comp sure can be one. Damn thing was like one of those preachers on the TV machine shouting "Heal!"