So, when I first started playing about 12 years ago, true bypass was THE thing as far as pedals went, and buffered pedals had a bad rap. It seemed like it was the first thing people wanted to know about a new pedal. Effects loops on amps were notorious tone suckers, and long cable runs were a no-no.
Have times changed, or is it just me? I feel like a decent amount of pedals are buffered now, and it's not a huge deal. People use effects loops on their amps as well, and a lot of times it necessitates long cable runs back and forth to their amp. If you're going to use the loop and have long cable runs, from what I've heard, it's
actually better to have buffered pedals, because they change the impedance of the signal and keep it from degrading over the long cables. On the other hand, cables, effects loops, buffers, that's a lot of stuff toying with a signal.
All that being said, I was thinking about my setup today, and I have tons of pedals, miles and kilometers of cable... and I like it. Well, technically, I don't love the concept of all the in-betweens, but I've A/B'ed between my full setup, and one cable into the amp, and I honestly can't hear a difference. So either I'm doing pretty well, or just can't hear!
So, what say the masses, is it OK to do loops and buffers now, or am I crazy?