It's been almost a year since I put together the first pedalboard I've ever owned and used in my 20+ year playing career. A posted a few different threads a several forums and got great feedback from other users which really helped steer my purchases. I figured I'd post up my thoughts on the products that you all helped me decide upon. Original threads: Pedalboard questions AB/Looper box questions Direct box discussion Current iteration of the pedalboard: I used this board for doubling on Electric and Upright bass. For many of my gigs I play directly to the PA (particularly if there is no drummer). With the Loopmaster I also can send either bass to my amp, or to two different amps when I run a clean/dirty rig. Lots of options, with some drawbacks. Some comments on the specific items. Pedaltrain Classic Jr. This is a fantastic pedalboard. I just wish I had gotten the next size up. I've got the 18" wide version, the 24" wide Classic two would've allowed me to keep my expression pedal permanently attached and give me more flexibility in pedal placement. I also have the hardshell case (not pictured) which I''m very happy with and glad I got. Radial JDV DI It sounds great. Used with my electric it gives me the sound of my bass and full dynamic expression. Fishman Platinum Pro EQ/DI The DI sound on this unit is pretty good with my plywood upright and K&k Bassmax pickup when set to 'pre-EQ' mode. However, when set to 'post-EQ' first the sound goes from pretty good to "eh, what happened". Even with the EQ set completely flat, the compressor off, the HPF off, etc. the signal changes pretty drastically and gets pretty muddied up. When sending a signal to my stage amp this becomes a necessary evil since that signal goes all the way through EQ, but if I had known this from the get-go I probably would've went with a different unit. Zoom B3 Well, it sure has a lot of effects. Unfortunately, not many of them sound great and/or aren't very versatile. I guess that should be expected from a unit with a 100+ effects that costs only $200, whereas a high end distortion unit can cost more than that. I've spend a bit of time building patches that work for me (I didn't find any of the factory patches usable at all) and I always combine an effected signal with a clean signal to retain a solid bass sound. Loopmaster AB/AY Box This is a custom box with A and B inputs, a true bypass effects loop and A and A+B outputs. It provides me with input switching for both my basses, allows me to run by-passable effects via the loop and gives the option to send the out to one or two stage amps. Unfortunately, my overall experience has been less than stellar. First, it took 15 weeks to get delivered (twice the original estimate) with no communication from them about the delay and I finally had to bug Loop-master to get it delivered. For this reason alone I would not recommend the company for a custom order. Second, being simply of box of jacks and switches it has several sonic issues. It's a tremendous tone suck. The difference in the sound of my basses when they got into the DI first vs. the splitter is dramatic. The various inputs and outputs are not buffered or isolated in any way so it allows for buzzing and ground loops. The results can range from minorly annoying to rendering the unit unusable. With my full rig with amps it's a bigger problem, luckily I play most direct these days. I realize that the second point is hardly the fault of Loopmaster or the product itself, I guess it does what it's supposed to do. And I'll plead ignorance that I didn't know that this would be an issue. If I had I would've put the $100 I invested into this pedal instead into a splitter with isolated outs such as one of the Lehle or Radial options. Lesson learned.