Part 1 here Warning: long post. If you read it in full, thank you! SIGNAL CHAIN Jazz Bass -> Preamp -> [eventually some sort of FX] -> SVT-7 Pro -> Eden 410 XLT After reading your excellent advice on preamps (thank you!), doing additional research and borrowing a Darkglass B7K to demo... I am SO confused! Firstly, why on Earth does the Darkglass not provide the full volume of a preamp? When plugged directly into the power amp input of my SVT-7 Pro, I get much lower signal than when plugged into the preamp input. If this thing really is a "preamp," why isn't it outputting as much volume? That said, it sounds fantastic through the front of my amp and I have no qualms with that. Can I expect the same from other preamp pedals? Secondly, I am kind of perplexed that there is no *simple* multi FX pedal that I can plug into an FX loop without fancy amp modeling, tuner, etc. Maybe I am missing something. I know I can turn amp modeling off, but it seems ludicrous to have to pay for it when I don't count on using it. Am I totally off on this one? (Oh, look! This has turned into a multi FX thread!) While I'm at it... What is your experience with bass multi FX? I mainly want it for the kind of stuff that's usually expensive (envelope filter, delay, etc.) so are they worth it, or should I go with individual stompboxes? Thanks folks!