I recently joined a new band in which i feel I could tastefully apply some distortion. the other day I brought my Big Muff to practice, and while it sounded awesome, it proved too unreliable to make it through even just a practice before experiencing some of the problems this thing has plagued me with for years (both the input and output jacks short in and out / sometimes i lose my clean channel while my distortion works fine, etc). because i love the sound I get from this thing, I was thinking about buying a replacement, but I figured I'd ask around and see what else is out there while I'm at it. one of the problems i have with my big muff in addition to those listed is that it's very loud, that is to say that it buzzes really loud. is this TYPICAL of big muffs or could it reflect some kind of problem with mine in particular? do big muffs in general suffer from the same kind of problems mine does, or did i just get a lemon? what pedals out there offer the same type of distortion? does anyone know how i might be able to emulate the sound of the distorted bass on Ben Folds Five Whatever and Ever amen for example? I've always been impressed by his sound (not to mention his playing). thanks in advance for your help.