Rangemaster and other treble booster tone shaping pedals were around pretty early. By the 70s most vintage kinds of tones involved at least something on the floor. No madness, just help.
I agree. The Kemper Shaper stomps are amazing tools. For years I combined a soft shaper with a Green Scream. Then for a while I went back to using a Klone in front. Now back to a -2 Pure Booster and Green Scream, or one or the other depending. Actually more Pure Booster lately. More amp sound is good.
I can’t really call it “purist” but I do strongly prefer going all Kemper with nothing but expression pedals on the floor. More tools added to the stomp palette wouldn’t be a bad thing for me.