I recently joined a big band which aims for an authentic early swing big band sound - no mics, old style mustes for brass. It is a really refreshing sound. Only problem was I was supposed to play a 3 hour gig and be heard. I was wondering if anyone else ever did a gig like this, or if anyone had any advice regarding set up changes which might be good. I was thinking that seems as the bass rarely goes above the octave in the written parts, that the string may have been substantially higher? Also, if anyone has any advice on technique for this kind of playing, I'd be interested in hearing. I have begun to use almost the entire length of my inex finger, even above the knuckle to create that big boomy sound i hear on the records, but i'd have to raise my strings higher to make this more effective methinks. Comments?