I've been playing bass for a solid 3 and a half years now, and not tooting my own horn but I am good. I recently bought a Trace Elliot half stack, a GP11, from the 80's. Kicks ass, no questions asked, I knew it would from other old Trace Elliots I'd played. However being one of the first bass amps made, I'm struggling with it's lack of features, mainly footswitchable overdrive. I've been mooching around, and I'm in debate. I'm tempted to grab a Boss VF-1 for my rack mount (the GP11 head is rack-mountable) however I've also been looking at the EHX Big Muff Pi. From my experience, Multi-FX that have more than one actually good usable effect are few and far between, however I hear the VF-1 is absolutely amazing. But I think thats a purchase regardless of the distortion stompbox, but if you have any experience or first-hand knowledge of it, please give me your feedback! Shoop da Wooping around the Big Muff popped up a lot, so I checked it out and it seems pretty damn awesome. At the moment I'm playing in a.. well, dark-sexy-grunge kinda band, and I need some bass overdrive, it's only a three piece so I need those extra textures. I'm looking to spend £80 (about $140) and I know the Big Muff I can get for £66 and thats without searching for cheaper. Are there any better distortion pedals for around that price? And also, is there any point in getting the VF-1 if I plan to build up a pedal board? Or is it diverse enough to go well even with a pedal board? Bit of a long post, but when it comes to effects I've known too many people (albeit mostly gutiarists) buy effects and feel absolutely robbed for what they actually got, and I used to run a Line 6 Lowdown bass (I was naive) and it sucked, and the effects built into that blew big willies. Go!