I was thinking about getting a distortion pedal for my effects line. I tried out a couple of of pedals and wasn't very impressed with them, though the Danelectro Fab Tone wasn't that bad. I read in BP about the preamp/DI/dist. pedal MXR M-80 and I was thinking maybe I should get one, seeing as they gave it a good review (even though BP's reviews can be dubious). Also, my effects chain is getting a little long, and since I'm playing with a passive bass for the time being, it would might be a good idea to get a preamp to boost the signal. I thought the M-80 could solve both of these problems, plus if I ever wanted/needed a DI.... Basically my question is, would the M-80 be good being used solely as a Dist. pedal? Or is the dist. more of an add-on and I should only get it if I am need of an outboard preamp/DI? Also, about my signal loss, would getting the M-80 be the better solution, or should I just get an active bass or just shorten my effects chain? Any help would be nice, thanks.