It’s been a bit of a long road, but I think I have all the hardware sorted out: I have been working towards a super-flexible, super-mobile rig. I wanted it to be as light as possible, and loud enough to play clean without a PA. I wanted to be able to create presets, so I could dial in tremolo and delay times to match the tempos of songs, and so I could move between radically different sounds quickly. I also wanted some amp/cab modeling capability, because the stuff past the MFX box is pretty “hi-fi”. I went with the Quilter for a clean platform. I wanted an FX loop and good roadworthiness. It also has two speaker outputs and is very flexible about impedance: don’t have to worry about math or matching, just plug an 8ohm cab into one output and anything into the other. I was also intrigued by the different voicings available, though I expect I’ll just be setting it to full Q and leaving it. The pedal on the far right is a vocal harmonizer box that I’ve been using to fill out the sound on choruses and stuff. I’d rather have real singers, but the smaller the group, the more stable it is, and at the moment it’s very stable—just me... The board itself was built very specifically for this equipment; I literally lined the boxes up on a hunk of plywood and cut away the parts I didn’t need. Then I drilled holes for the cables to go underneath, and cut little notches for the zip ties, so they wouldn’t get abraded in transit. I custom made some of the patch cables, to get just the necessary lengths. All the extra cabling is zip-tied up under the board, so everything looks nice and clean. The cabinet is super-light: paulownia box, 9mm plywood baffles, Lil’ Texas neodymium speaker, 125w. I reckon it weighs about 1/3 of the cab next to it. Overall, the sound is pretty hi-fi atm. Not too surprising, since up to now I have been running the ZOOM through a 6w toob combo that was doing most of the heavy lifting tonewise. Now I need to get into that box and start setting up my presets with amp/cab sims. The cutting and drilling phase is shifting to the knob-twiddling phase... One thing I’m interested in fooling with is a multi-cab setup. Since the amp has two outputs, and the ZOOM has stereo out, I could theoretically plug my other cab into the amp and run the other channel of the ZOOM into my little VHT combo, and I’ll be HUUGE! The theater at my school is being “underutilized” at the moment, so I’m gonna go in there next week and shake some dust off the stage lights... But normally, I’ll just have this board and some cables/mic stand in a shoulder bag, the cab in one hand, the guitar on my back, and one hand free to open the door! If I really like this approach in the long run, I guess my next move will be to upgrade the ZOOM to a helix unit or something like that, but I reckon I’m good here for a couple years anyhow. Gonna deep clean my workshop area this weekend; don’t think I’ll be needing it for a while!