Well, in the never ending quest to find all of the effects and sounds that I could ever want, all at the stomp of a foot or twist of the wrist, I walked into my local Guitar Center. I had to talk to the "bass guru" (who's been playing half as long as I: isn't that ironical???), so I could get the best effects for my needs. He disposes me of all my openmindedness and leads me directly to the Bass Pod. I should have known right then and there that this would be what I walked out with...after all, here I am, armed with hundreds of dollars, and willing to spend it on my favorite pasttime. Hmmm...sound like trouble to you? Well, it's worse...I actually bought the thing, and I actually regret it! Don't get me wrong: it seems like a wonderful unit. However, after talking to many people, including pros and retailers who carry the Bass Pod as well as other "toys", I quickly realized my initial fear about the Bass Pod: it's not designed to be used as an effects unit as much as it's designed to be used in the studio for amp simulation. And, don't get me wrong...I'm not saying anything negative about the Bass Pod...I think it's a wonderful unit, and has tremendous possibilities and tone shaping capabilities. But, I don't think it's for everybody...if you're looking for effects, stomp boxes or even rackmounted multi-effects are probably the best way to go. If you do a lot of studio work, the Bass Pod may be a better solution. So, this weekend I'll make my trek back to Guitar Center armed with my frustrations and the Bass Pod that they'll be receiving back in stock. And, the worst part is, I still haven't accomplished my goal of finding the best effects for my arsenal Chalk it up to another learning experience.