Just a quick thought, as I'm loosing track of what is orthodox and what isn't. I recently took my BOSS stuff of my board to do a boss only demo/workshop for a distributer (some of you may have seen it), and it's been years since I've gigged without my big board (apart from blues gigs where I'm a cable guy). I run a pretty hot signal courtesy of an active splitter and only recently read the manual where it says the minimum volume is the same as the input level (oops). I run it on full. When doing the boss demo I realized I was not only loosing gain, but also dynamics and response without the nobels split 4. I feel pretty lame now, it seems my entire signal chain is super goosed - but then again, I can get a good sound out of any piece of crap I throw on my board (a friend recently commented on this claiming it was voodoo). I recently got some EHX stuff to demo, tried the LPB up front and it didn't seem to make any difference due to the first pedal in the chain already being goosed to the point of being gandered and laying golden eggs. Anybody else get more out by putting more up front to the extreme?