Lately, I've been inspired/excited by players who use very little to achieve an iconic sound. We've played a lot of shows with bands who have like entire spaceships at their feet, and sound really good... But they're always doing a tap dance, not being present within the performance. I look at people Johnny Greenwood or Bo Madsen or even Bill Frisell, who have a signature sound or playing style but aren't so distracted by unnecessary bells and whistles. Plus, we're sort of a punk band, we need to jump about when we play. I used to have a 2x12 valve amp and an effects rig that had its own suitcase-sized flight box. Loading in all that plus our ridiculous 8×10 bass cab, full drum kit, several percussion stations, a keyboard *and* rhodes piano... It was a damned nightmare. Too much gear to haul through the winding and treacherous hallways and staircases of most small-to-medium-sized clubs. We had to downsize on all fronts without compromising sound. I'm realizing this all folds into a general aesthetic I have towards art or design: squeezing every meaningful drop from a highly distilled set of moving parts. So this is the current state of my touring/general setup: That's right. *A* delay, *an* overdrive, *a* compressor, and a tiny tuner through an AC15, and sounded by a Modern Player Thinline Deluxe. I had an Arena Reverb pedal which I pulled off because its effect can be achieved with the Flashback delay and really short delay times. Also it was buzzing something awful. The idea is that with this setup, nearly every conceivable sound that I'd use or is worth using is afforded to me, and different venue types are accounted for with different gain structures available between the MojoMojo, the SP compressor, and the amp itself. I may one day add a more reliable reverb pedal back to the board, maybe upgrade the MP90s to Lollars (anyone done that? Do you support the switch?), and swap out the overdrive for a more transparent one--the MojoMojo simply doesnt sound alright when the Drive is dialed past like 9:00, though the Level knob helps compensate for that. (I guess technically they were modeling an AC15 anyway when they made it.) The point is, I feel like I'm currently playing through the equivalent of an old diesel engine. Not many moving parts and truly nothing fancy, it simply gets the job done efficiently. That being said I'm always looking out for ways to compact/simplify even further, short of simply playing into the amp. Show me what you've been able to squeeze out of as few components as possible!