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Boss CL-50 Pro: This is a long-ago discontinued half-rack width unit, but unlike most rack gear this one is designed for use at instrument level, so you can plug your guitar or bass straight in.
 
Boss really let me down with this one. Their old "Pro" series half-rack effects are usually pretty good, and I do like some qualities of their pedal comps, but this one is worthless--especially for bass. It has a lifeless tone, too much noise, and more importantly it distorts very easily and unpleasantly. It sounds exactly like the Alesis 3630, and I'd bet the circuit design for both is very similar. Also, the bypass is terrible, with a significant drop in signal level.
 
Price in USD: used $20 to $90, no longer available new.
 

 

 
 
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