I did a search but didn't come up with a whole lot of info. My digitech BP8 that I've been using as a headphone amp recently decided to crap out on me. I know there are cheaper options for a headphone amp than the bass buddy, but I'm thinking of downsizing my rig and on paper the bass buddy looks to be the perfect multipurpose tool for what I need. My main use for this would be as a headphone amp. I need something to practice with in my room. Something I can plug my bass and another audio source (iPod, laptop, cd player, etc) into and listen to through headphones. The BP8 got the job done but it was noisy and didn't have the greatest sound quality. I could also use the bass buddy as a preamp in my live rig. Right now I have a Kern pre and an FMR RNC compressor taking up two spaces in my rack. If I take both those out, put my x-wire wireless in thier place, and use the bass buddy I can reduce my rig to one 6 space rack instead of the two I have now and not lose much functionality if any. Not quite sure what I'm going to do for cabs right now, but I'll likely sell my 4x10 and get something smaller and more flexible, like two 1x12 cabs. This way on smaller gigs I could take just the bass buddy, power amp, and one small cab. I guess the most important question is how does the bass buddy sound? From what I've read it's very clean with little coloration. I'm looking for something clean, as I can always put my sansamp in the signal chain if I want some tubey warmth or overdrive. Second question: How good is the compressor? I know the ratio is fixed but 3:1 is actually a pretty good ratio for me, so I'm fine with that. Is it musical or can you hear it breathe like lots of cheap compressors out there? I used to compress the snot out of my signal but I've gradually realized that less is more. Finally: noise. The BP8 was plagued with horrible noise. I lived with it but now that I'm replacing it I'd like something with little to no noise. I read one review saying the bass buddy was noisy, but that may have just been a lemon. Can anyone comment on noise levels with the bass buddy?