Warning: Noob questions... You'd think after years and years of playing, I'd know what the hell I'm doing by now. I recently put myself in serious debt (for a students salary anyway) in equipment upgrades. However, I'm having some issues and didn't know if anyone could help. Plugging straight in to the amp, I clip the hell out of it, even with the -6db pad on, plus it sounds like complete ass at high volumes. Running through my effects loop i've managed to reduce the ass sound at the expense of compressor hiss and LOTS of volume. That's the conundrum. I'm playing a large theatre saturday and need to be louder than i am currently. The pedal setup currently: |bass| - > Sparkledrive - > Boss DD-6 digital delay -> Boss LMB-3 - > |amp| I know there is a ongoing debate for positioning of the compressor, but I have The LMB at the end because I play Guitar through it sometimes (i have no choice) and that REALLY peaks it out. The LMB, as hissy as it is, is doing a hell of a job resisting peaking. On the backburner is the idea of a new compression pedal as well. The amp is a Fender Bassman300 (300 tube watts should be PLENTY loud) and it has onboard compression that seems to be worthless. The EQ settings on the amp are set to neutral. (6's) I have the Master and Channel volume at 8 and i'm barely competing with twin reverbs that are set at 4. I'm theorizing that the signal from the bass is just WAY to hot (i normally play with the high's neutral, bass boosted and volume control all the way up on the bass) and that's why it sounds like butt, but could it be effect order? is the amp messed up? Sorry If i'm excessively vague or dumb, but ANY help/ideas/suggestions would be appreciated. For additional reference: I play a Musicman and a P-bass with the same result for both (although there's aftermarket pickups in the P-bass that makes it way hotter) and i have a ampeg 4x10 cab if that makes any difference.