Hello everyone. This is my first real post after over a year of lurking the forums, mostly this one. I hope to become an active and not-annoying member here. With that, I need a bit of advice. I play mostly aggressive noisey punkish/post-hardcore in the vein of Fugazi, Nomeansno, The Jesus Lizard, etc. But lately I've been wanting to dive into more experimental waters. Been influenced a lot by Sonic Youth, Lightning Bolt, and more effects-heavy stuff. I recently lost my guitar player to a new job across the country, and trying out new ones has been less than promising. The bass in our music has always been pretty driving and prominent, but now I need a bit more in terms of effects. Until this point, I've gotten by with a Bass Big Muff Pi, but I'm beginning to find it lacking. In the next few weeks, I'll have about $400 I can spend on pedals. I already have my short list picked out but I don't know which ones would get me the most bang for my buck together, considering I'm likely only going to be able to get 2 of them. The short list: Iron Ether Oxide Iron Ether Polytope Crowther Prunes & Custard Micro POG Minifooger Ring Mod Tronographic Rusty Box My first instinct was to get both IE pedals, but they're out of production ATM and even after they start back up, it's apparently 6 weeks or so until they ship, and I need slightly more instant gratification. My second thought was the Oxide and the P&C but even though they're both versatile, they're both essentially dirt boxes if I'm not mistaken. The Rusty Box would be a nice always-on effect and I could use it as a preamp, but it's not exactly "out there." So I don't know. I'm stumped. I mean, I guess I could throw caution to the wind and draw straws or something, but I thought I'd see if anyone had any experience with some of these pedals, and which ones play nice (or mean) with the others. I've also been eyeing the Second Voice by Infanem but I'm not sure I like it more than the others. Anyways, any advice would be much appreciated!