Nice analogy, if somewhat twisted, but still nice!
All I was trying to say was that opto, FET & VCA compressors all sound totally different in character - not that any are right or wrong. The right one is the one that sounds best at the time.
Back on thread though, I really like some of the Nomad Factory stuff. Whilst it is not what you could ever call precise in most cases, that is not their point - they are all very much “colourful” or “character” designs and the Blue Tubes bundles do this rather nicely. Doesn’t suit everything but when it does suit, it can be really good.
Their “Analog (sic) Signature Series” is also well worth the price you can get them for. The SC226 you mention has an almost unique sound quality to it I have not heard in anything else, the LM622 has a nice touch to it as well but FairChild it is not, despite the look of it. This is not a problem as it again has a very nice sound with little effort required to make it sound very musical & smooth.