(I wasn't sure if this should be in the amp or effects section. Sorry if I made the wrong decision!) Last month, I had a feeling that my passive pickups are a little on the weak side, or that my amp doesn't have a strong enough preamp. Either way, I thought the sound coming out of my amp was loud and mushy, so I picked up a TC Spark Boost pedal to fix the problem. As it turns out, the difference was huge. My sound went from mushy and muddy to strong and "hot" with a midrange growl. I decided to try the same thing with a Strat into a Blackface Fender Pro Reverb. I figured the boost pedal would probably make the amp break up pretty easily. Man. I was wrong. The pedal is capable of a +20dB boost, and I could get it up to +10dB comfortably without breakup. My strat sounded a lot cleaner, a lot louder, and more "sparkly." Oh man! Why didn't I buy/build a boost pedal sooner? So now, I just leave the pedal in my effect chain (after distortion, before modulation) and I leave it on all the time. How many of you do the same? What are your experiences? Also: which pedal do you use? I hear great things about the Phat Phuk B and the Zvex Super Hard-on.