Tried a number of pedals to get a real volume boost, but I couldn't get enough volume. Thought about looking at an EQ or other source, but thought, "Wait a minute...." and just starting using my guitar's volume knob. Sure enough, a boost without the coloration my other pedals provided. A cheap, simple solution was there all along. Not a troll thread, just an observation and invitation for discussion on minimalism v. acquisition.