Despite having expensive/boutique gear, I should mention that I’m not an effects aficionado. I am super happy with the unaffected tone I get from my Demeter amp and bass. Most of the time I don’t use effects at all, but there are certain times when I really need them, e.g. Chorus for a New Order song Oct + Comp for Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” Serious Overdrive for a Muse song I just need a good, solid representation of the effect in live situations. Boutique nuance is really an overkill for my needs. I used to maintain a boutique pedal board with some nice pieces, and I currently own the Zoom B3N and Boss GT-1B. I had/have various frustrations with all of them. These frustrations have led me to a rather surprising new (old) effects choice ….the Boss ME-50B Yes, it’s old and seemingly clunky technology, but I reckon it meets my needs, and it addresses most of my frustrations. It’s a pretty good “best of both worlds” hybrid between a pedal board and more modern multis. So what do I like about it? The sounds. Has everything I need (and more), and it generally sounds squarely in the good enough category. I doubt anyone would think of them as boutique sounds, but they are solid. YMMV. The form factor. I didn’t have to spend time setting it up and fussing with tiny cables and cutting little Velcro squares. And it doesn’t have the “multiple potential points of failure” issue one might experience with an elaborate pedal board. It’s a solid box with nice components, and it has adequately sized pedals. The B3N/GT-1B are well made, but they do feel comparably toy-ish and not really well-suited for a pub stage. As an aside, it’s super lame that the GT-1B doesn’t have a power switch…WT*?! The controls. It’s got nice knobs and larger pedals that are better suited for live playing. The pedals on the B3N/GT-1B are a bit small for live playing, esp. the B3N’s little black half pedals. Configuration. It configures more like a pedal board. It’s a much more visceral experience than my other multis…it’s more about me with my bass and the board, as opposed to endless scrolling in complicated screens/menus and/or hunting around for my USB cable. Memorizing patches on the ME-50B is pretty limited, but it does meet my needs. I can keep three patches in a bank, but I realized this is generally all I need in a set. It sucks that it requires an external footswitch to switch banks; otherwise you need to stoop and touch a little button to move to another bank. It has eight banks, which is more than enough for me. Bypass. Bypass really sucks on the B3N and the GT-1B….it’s two awkward steps to the get to the right tuner, which really doesn’t work live. So you end up creating blank bypass patches. With the ME-50B, it’s two big pedals at once and you’re there. Price. Despite being older and having less functionality, the ME-50B is actually $100 more expensive than the B3N and GT-1B. But I reckon you’re paying for more knobs and physical elements. And at $310, it’s still super cheap compared to a pedal board with even just a couple of pedals. Anyway, I’m pretty sure I have not inspired any effects gurus to rush out and buy an ME-50B, but, for someone in the same boat as me, maybe it’s worth considering. If you are interested, Anderton's has a nice video on the unit. Anyone want to buy a B3N or GT-1B?