Too long, don't want to read: I have used so many effects in my current band that I need lots of different sounds, but I don't want to have a board with 20 pedals on it, but I want great sounding effects. What do I do? Long version: Starting out, I had individual stompboxes, and mostly just Boss and MXR's. Nothing really special. I had tone suck and poor power, so had noise and decided I wanted more variety with an easier package. I moved to a Line 6 M13 for all of my effects. Simplicity was awesome, variety was awesome, flexibility was awesome - at first, but the sounds were so-so. OD/Dist/Fuzz were pretty bad and no clean blend on anything. I got to the point of not enjoying knob-twiddling and was getting frustrated with not having the flexibility to mix and match things on the fly. I had set up individual 'scenes' with 3 or 4 effects engaged at once to get sounds I needed for certain songs...and was stuck. But, now I have sounds that are pretty important for the songs I play in my band. I wanted better sounds and flexibility - so a few months ago I went with to a hybrid pedalboard: TWO Zoom B3's with an external tuner and a Chi Wah. But I quickly discovered that the Zoom B3 isn't really good for live performance as switching banks isn't easy within a song. Those were quickly jettisoned from my board and I went back to the M13. Didn't take long to remember what I didn't like about the M13, so I invested in something else: Source Audio stompboxes (Manta, OFD, Orbital Mod, Dimension reverb), with the Hub and a midi-switcher, and a few other stomps to cover the other sounds. Problem is - now my board is huge and I don't like it. I have also run into the problem of....Too much tweakability? I look at the big board with it's big midi switcher (a 12-button Midi Buddy), and remember that I don't really enjoy knob-twiddling and not having the flexibility to mix and match on the fly. Now I'm nearly tempted to swap it all and go for individual stomps again. No midi. No extraneous nonsense. I would like OD/Fuzz - stacking these for a wild distortion, Wah, Octave up AND down, modulation, synth or envelope, delay w/ tap tempo, tuner and compressor. I think a board with 8 pedals or so could be perfect... SS/BS Mini and TAFM MicroPog (does that cover octave down well?) ChiWah Manta - or something else for envelope and blend fuzz/octave for synth? Xerograph or Subterranea or... Polytope - one modulation to rule them all? Tap Tempo delay - Supa Puss or a TCElectronic unit or... Tuner/Comp - maybe a Zoom MS60b to cover both of these. I guess what I'm saying is someone give me a list of 8 pedals that will make every sound, and all those sounds are the best ever.