For 15 years I've always had a KISS approach when it came to amps effects. Les Paul > small board (tuner, wah, comp/sustain, TS, delay) > JCM800 (or similar). Long story short I'm broadening my horizons (musically and gear wise) by picking up a DSL50 next week and I started a thread a couple days ago asking opinions about multi effects units (and possibly ditching my pedals completely) I almost bought a POD HD500 (and run it 4CM), but the more I researched the more I heard about all the tone sucking issues with that unit, especially since I would never use the amp modelling, but only the effects, and that is not OK. I'm starting to play in church and will need a volume pedal and reverb for swells and ambient stuff. I've read that delays and reverb sound better in the effects loop, however the stage I'll be playing on doesn't allow me to be particularly close to my amp, so now I'm worried about the tone suck of a second longish set of cables from board to amp. The effects/pedals I will need: (I'm dropping the wah for now because I rarely use it and it another culprit in tone sucking) Tuner, Volume (I realize another culprit, I've strongly considered getting better at using my volume knob, so I'm not sold on volume yet, they do make swells much easier though), comp/sustain, one OD, Reverb and Delay. That's all I need. What setup would give me the least amount of tone suck? A couple pedals out front and a couple in the loop (I'll grab some EQ for the loop too if I decide to put stuff in the loop) or all pedals out front, or some pedals out front and a little multi effects (like the TC Nova System) in the loop. Or JUST a little multi effects unit out front, or one of each out front and in the loop? I apologize for the long post, as you can see I'm pretty confused. I want to keep my Les Paul > Marshall sound pretty intact but I want to simply be able to add some flair to the P&W stuff as well. Thanks for all your help fellas, this place is a wealth of info.