SO! For months I've thought that my amp, my bass, my cables, my strings, and even my hands were to blame for the lack of tone I got...I knew exactly what I wanted from my bass, as I'd go to a music store and play this and that, and even some of the cheapo basses impressed me. Then I'd come home and dial in a great tone with this or that pedal on and then disengage the pedals and want to turn them back on immediately. Well...yesterday I was playing and then plugged my bass into my amp... HUH? How is...am I...that can't BE! Yep. Looking for that 'open tone', hearing that certain something...feeling the difference...how did I do it? Well, I listened for noise. Single Coil noise. All the knobs on my bass full out, I listened to that awful sound. In pedalboard. In amp. I took my pedalboard apart and tried each pedal one by one. I know that my pedals are buffered and don't think that I should mod them or replace them because I really like what they do...well, what IT does (my Pigtronix OFO Disnortion)...I think that's the main culprit, but the OC-2 and Bassballs might take some of the blame someday. I do know that the OFO cuts the frequencies that I was listening for in bypass mode. So! I know that there are 'signal buffers' on the market that might get me where I want to go, but they would most certainly change how my OFO sounds when engaged. I'm already mostly using the Fuzz and OD in low gain modes, and adding gain would most certainly work well with my envelope follower (I could just turn the sensitivity way down)...so where I'd win some ground there I would still have an aggressive distortion... My other option would be to buy a Boss LS-2 or other bypass. Am I overlooking an option other than not using my pedalboard at all? Thanks for looking!