I hope its okay for me to refer to you on a first name basis . I know that there are plenty of threads about all different sorts of effects, but I wanted your proffesional advice (not that I'm saying no one else is a "proffesional", I hope no one misinterprets my words) on racks, multi-effects, and so forth. First off, could you please tell me what some of the advantages and disadvantages are for stomp-boxes, multieffects, or rack units? I want your opinion on these. Secondly, there are many distortion boxes out there, but I noticed that most of them pretty much suck (for lack of a better term) the bottom end completely drops out. So I was wondering, in your experience which is the best distortion/stomp box that you have used under 200$? I mean one that leaves the low end in tact. Thirdly, I have read that using too many stomp-boxes will result in a signal degrade, if this is so, could you maybe put an equalizer last in the chain to reshape to your original tone? Fourthly (lots of questions ), what about using guitar effects on bass? I see that guitarists have so many options, lots of wierd effects. How well does using a guitar effect on a bass work? And, lastly, I am in a jamish band that does lots of spacey jams, but right now I'm using a POS multieffects pedal. For 500$ or less what kind of multieffect, stomp-boxes, or rack unit could I get to create "great sonic textures" like lots of unique effects and loops, and especially an envelope filter. I'm striving for the ultimate pedal board (im still in my teens, so I have a pretty tight budget) for the best bang for the buck. Thanx in advance Steve!!!