After a lot of searching, I think I've found something that I'm pretty happy with. I can move on from this area for now! After a lot of trial and error, I've decided that I really like my 1985 G&L L2000 with TI Jazz Flats going through a Boss stage tuner then a Sansamp DI and then through my newest addition, an EBS MultiComp. I get a nice smooth sound that cuts through the mix without having to be super loud. I think the compressor has a lot to do with that. It gives me nice almost crisp sound. And with the Sansamp, I can get a little dirty distortion if I want it or a boost. I have a mini-qtron, an old tube screamer, and a micro-bass synth, but I'm not sure these are for me. They almost seem like distractions to my playing. The bassic lineup of effects that I'm loving right now just give me a great bottom line tone... a great foundation. I live in NYC and when I play out I usually don't have my own rig, so I needed a pretty portable setup that would give me a consistent sound. And the tube sounds of the EBS and Sansamp really warm up a lot of the beat up Peavy club amps I end up playing through. Just thought I'd share. Anyone else have any success with a similar meat and potatoes setup or have any recs. for settings?