I use to play my bass plain into my ampeg. Loved my sound. Then I thought I could use a lil compression. bought an LMB-3 Then i wanted to have my own preamp/DI, you know, to bring my tone in a lightweigth suitcase. So I bought a ToneHammer preamp/DI. Loved the new sound, but didnt like the overdrive of the AGS. So I bought an aguilar agro overdrive, used at low saturation over a low gain AGS from the tone hammer. Then I thought I could have fun with some colors here and there, so I bought and sold octavers, phasers, delays... just to fool around while improvising alone, or to color 'parts' of songs... Then I thought I should upgrade the only real need I have, the one for a compressor. So I sold the LMB-3 and I just bought a Diamond Bcp-1. WOW love the tone it gives... But playing with the BCP-1 made me realise that, while A/B testing, My original vanilla tone isn't that bad. In fact just the BCP-1 alone was giving me such a sweet tone, I wondered why I had all the other one. Than I plugged back the Tone hammer, tweaked it, oh, heres a fatty powerfull tone... Now I'm confused. Too much option. When I want to tweak the EQ I'm not sure if I should first tweak the amp, the preamp, the Compressor EQ... Was it better off vanilla? just the compressor, when is too much processing too much? Any of you ever been caught in a swirl of effects where you didnt know where to stop, couldn't see if you're getting to something, or getting away from it?