I seem to be a minimalist stage of my effects use right now. In assessing what I was actually using to play music, I began parring back. The fat cutting left me with two pedals: EQ and Overdrive the tuner doesn't count, since it isn't an effect. I wasn't done thinking, though. I did an experiment this past weekend for Shabbat service and didn't use an EQ pedal, just the Cave G4 with it's balanced out to the house. At the Synagogue, everything is direct to the house. We have monitors on the bema. No EQ pedal. And the results were good. So maybe my mantra about an EQ pedals being always useful isn't quite always? Maybe, by not using an EQ pedal, I left the sound board tech more freedom to modify my sound to suit the acoustics of the room, than me fiddling with mids and such? I have a Kustom KPM10 monitor which works just fine as a bass monitor. I can hear myself plenty well. My electric bass rig is now just the Cave G4 and a tuner. I need to trial some tuner clip-ons, maybe I can reduce the PT-Nano down to just one pedal. When I do get to use my amp, my GK has an EQ on the preamp section. If I am recording direct, Reaper has an EQ function. So, maybe I really don't HAVE TO HAVE an EQ. This is tough for me, as I have always believe in the power of my EQ pedal. Does it seem like I am approaching this thought pattern in the right manner? And here we are. I have gone from a PT-Jr with all sorts of various and fun effects that weren't used hardly ever, to a single pedal that adds just a touch of growl to my bass that is on all the time and conveniently doesn't require a power connection or battery and packing up in the morning for a church gig has gotten so much faster. Maybe I need to join a funk band to give me an excuse to start carrying a filter and flanger again?