d10221 I Also had a Laney ... they were quite unpopular at the time,
Odd how the Laney amps never got much love locally - aside from the Cub12 - I reckon it's Bothner's not doing much to promote the brand in SA? Over time I've gotten to try a few good Laney products (E.g. not the cheep n nasty practice amps) and I've become a fan. The VC & LC series valve amps are pretty darn good buys in the secondhand market.
d10221 I Also embrace multi-fx quite early
I went through a Korg G3, Boss ME <something>, Line 6 X3 Live, Boss GT6B, Zoom(s) (many, I like 'em) , a horrible Behringer bass thing, NI Guitar Rig 4 (with Rig Kontrol), and some other crap stuff I'd rather forget. The Line6 was pretty good tonewise, but big, heavy and fragile. The Boss GT6B had everything but tone. And my favourite (for bass) is the cheap n cheerful;, Zoom B2 - love that thing - though I'm long overdue to upgrade to the B1X, I see that's just released...Aside from the Katana, not sure what I'd got for multi-fx on guitar a.t.m?
d10221 BTW: I'm more on "indie" sound my self ... to put it in context
80's ProCo Rat driving a crunchy amp? There's something to a RAT pedal that is special, same with the original Russian Big Muffs - they got a distinct sound that just doesn't seem to be re-creatable.
I went through a few pedals over the years - took a while to realize that a amp+speaker does sooo much for guitar tone - and getting guitar+amp+speaker+pedals dialed in...Heish,, I'd rather play bass DI'ed into someone else's PA