Wow, so nice to hear from everybody!
I miss (mid '80's college jam band) PIE, too! Kathy Hussey is making some great records down in Nashville, BTW.
Mick Goodrick is a HUGE influence on my touch and how I think about the instrument. I've tried to steer some folks here to his "scales up and down one string" approach, to balance out the (equally valuable) CAGED system.
A lot of bassists use the Walter Woods. I go into the effects return and bypass the preamp/eq portion, a trick I picked up from Jim Hall's and John Abercrombie's tube pre/Walter Woods rigs of the 90's. Steve Khan's recordings of the last decade or so are straight into the Walter Woods with no extra preamp.
To bring us back to "All Things Sarno", when I started putting this rack rig together, I intended to run a half rack Boss SE50 for reverb, delay, and chorus, so the stereo-ness of the WW was really important to me. But when I spent some time with Brad's SMS, it sounded to good on it's own, I didn't want/need to add anything beyond the onboard reverb. So even though I'm running 2 cabs and both channels of the WW, there's really nothing "stereo" happening anymore. I dig the WW amp, but with no dealers, website or email, he can be complicated to deal with (get his number from a guy that knows him, leave a message, send a cashier check, etc) If I didn't need the stereo aspect, I'd probably go with an Acoustic Image or something.