"DOD/Digitech could do well (and does anyone know just what the FX-98 would have to offer, were it to exist?)" I know a little bit about it, I have it's predecessor, the DFX 94, a 4 second digital delay/sampler squashbox. Mostly, the 94 works as a digital echo pedal with three echo ranges (up to 1/4 sec, 1/4 to 1 sec, and 1 sec to 4 sec). Within these ranges, you have an analog pot named "DELAY" which allows you to analogally change the delay time (and pitch with it). On the longest echo setting, you can switch it over to "infinite repeat" mode which would of course be the looping element. On the other modes, hitting the footswitch turns the echo on and off. In inf repeat mode, it toggles the loop between open (where you can add to it, but the original components gradually fade away), and closed (where you can't add to it--this is where you'd "solo" over the infinitely repeating loops). There are two more dials, the volume dial which controls the echo/loop volume, and the repeat dial, which gives you anywhere from 1 to a whole bunch of repeats. When you're looping, the repeat dial represents how many layers you want in your loop. If you change the settings of the repeat dial while you're adding to your loop in infinite repeat mode, you can decide whether you want the new part you're adding to replace the existing part, or to be added on top of it. There's also a sampler mode available in the 1 to 4 second setting. Past the "infinite repeat" notch on the range dial, there are two more notches: "trigger" and "sample". When you're on sample mode, pressing the footswitch on the box makes the unit record a sample. The sample length is determined by the "DELAY" wheel. When you have a sample, switch over to the "trigger" mode and you can play the sample every time you hit the footswitch. And like you'd guess, you can change the pitch of the sample while it's playing by moving the DELAY wheel. Supposedly, the FX98 is an 8 second digital delay/sampler with all of these features. It also has a way in which you can reverse the samples and loops. It's such a tease too. I wouldn't have even heard of it except I saw it advertised in a Guitar Center flyer last year. They had a photo and everything, but the pedals were never shipped. Somebody on the list says he has one, but for the most part they were discontinued before they were released. BAD DOD!! BAD!! These pedals are great for free improvisation--starting a song with little idea of where it will go. Unlike other samplers, it doesn't give you the option of shortening a loop by lopping off the end or something. That makes it not so great for sampling drum loops since getting a perfect fit is trial and error every time. For anybody who has the West Coast CT CD, all of the remixes were done using only a CD player and 2 DFX 94's.