this is in the effects forum since pedals is what i obsess about most. i think my ears are broken. i used to be able to hear huge differences between different brands of buffers, cables, whatever. the slightest thing. change 1 same length patch cable & i swore i could hear the difference. i didn't want to. it made life difficult. i'm the kind of guy who would rather just play a multi-effects straight to the board for convenience but i can't because of the tone. little things used to drive me bonkers. like having a boss buffer in my chain. it made everything sound so honkey & quacky. recently, i've found i can't anymore. i don't think my hearing has gotten worse, in terms of decibels. but every brand of buffer sounds good now. & i don't notice an extra couple of feet in cabling in my chain. it's such a relief. i can just play for fun now. i just hope this doesn't mean i'm going deaf. but i don't think so. thought i'd share that.