certainly numerous decisions go into choosing an effect pedal for most bassists. Either you're looking for a certain sound, uniqueness, dependable quality, decent price, versatility, etc.... Looking through the dozens upon dozens of threads comparing pedals, some TB'ers will get an effect where the price matters little. Others (including myself) would cringe at paying over $125.00 for something. What pedals are out there (od's, distortions, auto wah's, flangers, etc...) that someone would put up against the boutique pedals. Pedals that may not be as great but for bang for the buck is great quality, good price, & sounds very useable. In other words, spending $300 on a pedal that can produce the EXACT sounds you desire is money well spent. But, can I spend $100 on a pedal that would get me a lot of useful sounds and be really cool. HOPE YOUR HOLIDAYS ARE GOING GREAT!!!!