Alright - So i took this thing into the shop and the problem was not obvious through a real bass amp in the shop. However i took it back home and it continued through my mixer - In ears.
Then the real issue for me - i took it down and plugged it into my real rig - so VT deluxe into a power amp driving an SWR Henry the 8x8. I will add - at lower volumes, it sounded hot - room shaking and exactly what i'm looking for (please understand - i am not dissing this product!). But it didnt drive the power amp to its full. And in the same way as with the mixer and IEMs,, when i went past approximately 1-2.00 on the level dial, it just broke up into a clipping sound that with that setup simply didnt sound usable.
So to be clear - if i set this thing up so that its sound is fat and clean, should the level control affect that sound in any way?
I seem to be getting told that it shouldnt - but not everyone agrees