CAE buffers are not the only ones out there. EMG sells one and Alembic still sells the stratoblaster. i make clones of jerry's tiger buffer, which is like none of them.
the emg and stratoblaster have boost that can raise the Db's while the cae and tiger buffers do not.
"Tone is in the instruments. Technique in the hands. Do what you will." ~ quote from some guy at the TGP forum