Forgive my plagiarization of Robert Frost's great poem, but, it did get you to look at the thread. Now on to the question. Will using multiple effects ever overload a preamp? Example: I want to buy a Nathan East parametric equalizer. Now, does the fact that I'm introducing an effect with its own signal into the input stage of a preamp boost the signal substantially? And, if I now use my active bass with this equalizer does this add more to the signal? Add to this a Zoom 506II pedal... What I'm asking is: When will a line of effects begin to overload an amp's preamp section, or is this something I don't have to worry about? Needing to go miles before I sleep, I remain Mike J.