1 Proteus 10 months ago Lot of stuff comes together in this series of posts.Stuff the First. Couple months ago I started this Lightening the Load thread soliciting ideas for a great-sounding, giggable amp that was at least lighter (and if possible physically smaller) than my usual Peavey Classic 30 (or two) setup. That's a bit of a challenge, because the Classic 30 is itself very compact, weighing in around 30 pounds.Still, I wanted to see if I could scale it back without going to a mini-amp (either modeling or very low-wattage) - mostly because I still wanted rich clean tone with the headroom I'm used to.Stuff the Second. While I love my big pedalboard for the pure sonic pleasure it provides during stereo full-ambient sometimes-soundscapey home entertainment playing, it's heavy, unwieldy, and nearly embarrassing for practices, jams or casual gigs. I use only a fraction of its power at such events, it's in the way, and if I don't use the stuff, I just look stupid.Late September's Nashville Roundup gave me the impetus I needed to slip into something a bit more comfortable which would give me just what I needed for grab-n-go sessions, without much fluff. The Shortboard was functional at that event - but I wasn't completely sold on every member of the team, so it's continued to evolve.Meantime, we had a thread on pedal order and ideas came out of that which prompted me to rethink some of my standard practices. And of course for any pedal junkie, the churn of new pedals to try - and some elusive tone to chase - never ends. (The rethinking has now transcended the limits of this Shortboard, and I'm in the midst of completely revamping (and modularizing) the Bigboard to improve its adaptability, usability, and portability. But that's a story for another time.)Stuff Three. Pedals I've wondered about for years! Clean power!So. For them what's interested, let's geek out over gear a bit, OK?