My main band is a 3 piece garage/indie/punkish band. I have a bunch of pedals and a Gator pedalboard, but lately I have been playing most gigs plugged straight into my amp. I really want to start using pedals again, and I think the right gain pedal is the place to start. I was using a Voodoo Lab sparkle drive and a USA Muff for gain, but never really liked the sound I'd get from either. I really want the VT Bass for everything it offers, but mostly it will be used live to add some gain and dial in a good sound. On the other hand, The Red Ripper sounds like it will meet my needs and then some, but I want something that I can rely on to cut through. Has anyone tried/heard the Red Ripper? (Is it even out yet?) Unfortunately, I don't have the funds for both at this time (though that would be a problem solver). Also, The guitarist in my band only uses a boost pedal to drive his amp, so It feels a little weird for me to bring out a full pedalboard for bass.