The loop on this is tube buffered unlike the SLO. Does that make it more friendly to instrument level pedals? I have a TC Electronic G-Sharp, but not real happy with the "depth" of the reverb and modulation effects. It is their cheapest rack gear, so looking over options for improvement. I do not want to blame TC as these amps are known to have PITA loops, but my lack of basic understanding on what is or isn't a good idea is sending me in more directions than I can research lol. This is what I have considered: Bad Cat Unleash and run verb/mod effects through it. (this would also help with "bedroom volume, I don't play with other musicians all that often) TC Hall of Fame Verb pedal and either a Flashback or MXR Carbon Copy in the existing loop (or maybe the Eventide verbs and delay pedals) Going with higher quality rack gear like Lexicon or Chandler. I unplugged the G-Sharp from the loop and running the amp naked has much better tone, spank and punch. Maybe even stepping up to a better TC rack like the Nova or G-Major which I believe have more ability on controlling input/output levels. I always just plugged in and played, but seem to getting on a tone chasing spree and my lack of knowledge can get expensive trying to experiment lol.