Here is an idea I have for my pedal board setup. Some of these pedals I own, others are on my GAS list to get this year. I'm trying to preserve my clean tone as much as possible while using effects but I'm concerned I'm going to have too many buffers in my "clean" chain. The main culprits would be the MXR M81 Bass Preamp, the Micro-Thumpinator and the MXR Bass Compressor running in an "always on" type fashion on top of the already buffered signal coming out of my active basses. I would keep the MXR preamp always on even when using my active basses so that I can tame their output to roughly the same volume as my passive basses both so that they work better with my effects (which sometimes don't like hot active signals) and so that I don't have to twirl as many knobs on the effects when switching basses. Does anybody have a similar setup or have any experience with having this many buffers in their "clean" always-on chain? Am I going to introduce a ton of noise to my signal by going this route? *Disclaimer* I grabbed all of these pedal photos from the internet and they do not represent the settings I would actually use.