Trying to wrap my head around this... I guess I'm a purist in that I like the idea of the shortest possible link between instrument and amp, specifically in terms of EQ. Effects (chorus, delay, evenlope filter) seem like a different animal to me, as in, AFTER I've tailored the baseline tone I want, make sense? So, when it comes to pre-amp pedals, I have some cognitive dissonance. First, I want an amp that most effectively simply amplifies the sound of my bass with little or no coloring (I know most amps have varying degrees of coloring). Next, the amp has a pre-amp, and my bass has a preamp (GGi5), so adding yet another pre-amp in the form of a pedal would be three pre-amps my signal would transit and be subject to shaping prior to power amp, am I understanding that correctly? If so, therein lies my dilemma as it seems they'd all kinda be competing and further confusing the sound rather than enhancing it. For instance, I imagine myself during a gig wanting a tad more low mids and asking myself, "should I boost them on the bass, the pre-amp pedal, or the amp?" Seems needlessly complicated to me, but I'm pretty simple. How do you pros approach this? Am I overthinking things? I play a Genzler Magellan 800 which I like, but as is my habit, I get bored and like to try new gear. I can't go buy new amps on a whim, so the idea of pre-amp pedals is appealing, but only if I can use that pre-amp rather the pre-amp inside the amp as I don't want to further confuse my sound (and, let's be honest, myself). My idea is to get several pre-amp pedals and then just use the power section of my Magellan when I want to switch it up. So, my signal chain would be: bass--effects pedals (with pre-amp first)--effects return of Magellan Anyone using the Magellan (or any amp) in this way? Any other ideas, suggestions?