I have several effects boxes. I have lots of places where I could use them, in one of the bands I play in I really SHOULD be using them. I hate the extra hassle involved though and I'm hoping that by complaining about it here perhaps I'll motivate myself and get past my crap. Things that bother me about using effects: More stuff to carry around. More stuff to pack up after a show. A whole lot more places for things to go wrong and a much larger chance of you're bass just cutting out. A lot more difficulty in figuring what went wrong if suddenly the bass does go silent. A lot more chance of kicking a jack out. A lot more difficulty finding just what cord you DID kick out. The extra hassle of taping down all your cords if you DON'T want to kick your jack out. Having to think. Having to remember to turn the pedals off afer you use them for a song or a part of a song. The possibility of accidentally stepping on one when you're jumping around a stage. Which I always seem to do. The need to plug something else in and find another outlet. The need to make sure you have an extension cord at all times. The price of batteries if you don't want to plug them in, and then the need to be able to predict when the gig will be that you need to change them. The need to check yet ANOTHER bag at the airport. BLAAAHH!!!! Is it worth it? Help me out here - I need to see some light.