My gig this Thursday will conclude one full month of ampless/micless playing for me. In fairness, it wasn't a packed calendar, but everything I had, i did au natural. art galleries, restaurants, bars - duo, trio, quartet, quintet. I've enjoyed it and am surprised that it worked as well as it did. It started with a new monthly gig for my trio. They had fired the last band for being too loud. When I looked at who the last band was, they were some fantastic local players, so, I showed up without an amp and just stuck with it for everything in between while I was at it. Last night, the same place, but this time it was packed and loud, so I was really laying into it. I noticed that it just makes me play different, lots of heavy time and it made me aware of the importance of technique. When I started loosing the pitch, rounding my fingers on the left hand, brought it back out. When the room got loud and there was no volume knob to turn, I dropped my right hand lower and made sure I was getting as much finger on the string as possible. It's a good exercise. For accompaniment, I like the sound and experience a lot better than I would with an amp. soloing is where I really had trouble. Low strings, in the low register had no trouble making themselves known, but there was no pretty stuff up high. That could just be revealing my lack of proper technique in upper registers or it could be the darker G string I prefer most of the time being too dark for this application or it could just have to do with frequency. I did find myself wishing for some Spirocores last night, but that's a crutch. So, Thursday is a duo gig in an art gallery and I think I'll go ampless, then go back to using one when appropriate, but I'm going to try to keep it turned way down, so that I can retain that feel of really laying into the bass, but just get a little support where I need it. Just thought I'd share. This may be my first "jazz technique forum" post. I don't feel like I'm who anyone should be learning from, but this is more about a shared experience and my learnings from it. Any one else tried this?