To -db or not to -dB that IS the question. (damn auto correct) While I find that most active basses require the -dB pad to be engaged, I have two basses with active EMGs and unless the battery is fresh I find that they will not push some amps to clip if I forget to turn the -dB on. I usually use the pad as in gigging situations I usually have good FOH and I get adequate stage volume with it on. What are your thoughts on this solid state amps and tube. Also I know there is some vintage stuff out there that doesn't have an input pad. What is your experience with those?