Recently I have been looking at the Wampler Pinnacle. A distortion pedal supposedly deliver a pretty decent brown sound.
Has anyone tried this pedal, preferably with a HT-40? It's not any easy (or cheap) pedal to get in The Netherlands (will have to order it online I think) so it would be nice to now a bit more about it.
A little over a year ago I was in your same situation. In fact, I was trying to decide between the Pinnacle, Plextortion, and the Super Plextortion.
I must've watched 100 videos over and over in trying to make a decision. Finally, I chose the Plextortion as I was concerned with the Pinnacle giving me just one type of sound and eventually getting bored with it. IMHO, the Plextortion seemed to have more flexibility, sound-wise.
As far as the Plextortion goes, it's a great pedal. I was playing it through a solid state amp to get sounds like Whitesnake's John Sykes, early Bon Jovi, Bad English, REO Speedwagon, Ozzy, and Night Ranger, among others. Basically used it as a third channel for the heavier sounds. I recently got the Blackstar HT 60 Soloist and at first I didn't like how the Plextortion sounded with it. This past weekend I tried it again, tweaking all of its knobs until I found the sound. It sounded awesome! I think I like its sound now more than with the solid state amp! I just have to test it with the band.
In general, the pedal is of good quality, looks cool, and, better yet, it sounds really good. It's definitely one of the most expensive "single pedals" I own.
I think that Wampler has a policy for returning the pedal if you're not satisfied with it. Not sure if it applies outside of the US. Check their website.
Take care and let us know if you do decide to get the Pinnacle and how you like it. I'm really curious.