Okay, so I have a 12 pedal pedalboard that I run my 6 string bass through (and occasional guitar) for mostly soundscape-type stuff, and I've been struggling with tone-suck, I've tried buffers, moving things around, etc. I didn't go the big bypass-looper route, but that was my next thing... and then EQD came out with the Swiss Things. Quick rundown - switchable/adjustable 20db boost, two effects loops, with second one buffered, AB/Y, tuner output, and a jack to use an EXP pedal for volume. This pedal was a GODSEND. It took care of my tone problems, immediately... I was getting a lot of hum, before that I couldn't track down and by isolating the pedals, maybe there was some sort of ground loop, or something, but the hum was gone. I'd tried everything to get rid of it, cables, etc. Also, I think taking the buffer out of the first half of the board, and being able to dial back in the right amount of boost (10 o'clock does it, when the second loop is engaged), I am one happy player, now. If you have some tone suck problems with a big board, I can't recommend this enough. I was getting incredibly frustrated with my tone problems, and this did the trick.