Thanks, I really appreciate your answers. I'm new to the board and only recently began acquiring the gear to properly emulate/approximate Jerry's tone. If there were a newbie board for Jerry tone emulation I'd ask my my questions there, but since there isn't, I'm trying to not to ask questions that are TOO basic.
At the risk of invalidating that last point: What is the argument for choosing non-unity output over unit output in an onboard preamp, or vice versa? I notice that in its default form the output of Waldo's preamp is less than unity, but unity output is available as an option. Is there an advantage to less than unity output? In my case I don't have an OBEL and I am not using any true vintage effects, but rather modern takes on vintage effects (e.g., the Proton pedal in place of Mutron III, modeling other effects via a Line6 M13). Why would I want less than unity output?
Thanks again -- these discussions are very helpful to me!
The more I read up on the benefits of an onboard preamp, the more I understand why my envelope follower isn't really giving me the full tone I'm expecting (among other things, and leaving my earnest-but-amateur playing out of it for the moment