So, like most, I fell into the trap of assuming all true bypass pedals is the way to go. I think the original concept came from a reaction to 1000s of pedals with horribly designed buffers, but I think its gotten to a point where most will refuse to even try a pedal without true-bypass. I now have a non-bypassed TS9 from 1983 at the end of my signal chain that I feel really helps me out from a sonic standpoint. It seems to keep my signal strong and actually gives me a bit of a top end chirp/cut that is missing without the buffer. Then, just this weekend, after modding my EP3 echoplex, I found that I really enjoyed the tone with the ep3 inline. In fact, there are pedals now that are JUST a preamp buffer from an ep3 that people leave on all the time (ironic huh?) I think players have gotten too comfortable with the idea that true-bypass is the must-have no matter what and blindly trust it when I think its not necessary. the ONE location, I believe, that is the best arguement FOR a True-bypass pedal is when you've got an extremely stripped down rig. SOmething like Tele - pedal - tweed fender. Something like that is a scenario where you have to have the pedal for whatever reason, but your main sound is how your guitar reacts directly with the amp. This scenario is rather rare IMO. There are lots of bedroom players with this rig, but most cover bands, and most national acts have much more complex setups. This might be a case where folks that take that simple setup mentality, and apply it to the larger rig and I think thats a disconnect.