Well, for reasons that I don't know, my 37 day old MXR M-80 Direct box died today. It had next to no output from anything from the XLR output or the unbalanced output. I called GC to see if I was out of luck for an exchange since I was 7 days over their 30 day exchange/return period. To my relief that said they would exchange it for the same product, or something else if I wanted to. I decided to go with the fishman Pro-EQ. So far, I have mixed feelings about the difference. Positives for the Fishman over the MXR include 1. a better battery compartment, with a low battery light. 2. a 5(!) band EQ 3. built in compressor, seems to work well, without sucking down the tone. 4. a lift/ground switch for running multiple outputs. 5. a gain knob negatives include 1. would it kill them to put a "power on" light on this thing? unless you are running phantom power, it's hard to tell if it's on or not. I like a light to reassure me. 2. no noise gate, but it seems so far like a very quiet unit so far, so maybe it doesn't need it. 3. Unlike the MXR and the sansamp, this unit doesn't do much to affect or improve the sound of a cheap bass. The MXR made my bass sound like a much better bass, and so far this one doesn't. It's a clean EQ, with no cab emulation. all in all, I would say I made an upgrade, I actually ended up getting the fishman for $15 more than the MXR, which usually sells for much more. any comments?