I have typically run my bass to a direct box (no amp) that (somehow) goes direct to the board a stones throw away. I plug headphones into a personal monitor box and adjust all settings to my liking. I also play with a group and plug into a 2X10 combo amp with an XLR out to a stage box cabled to the board. One of my commitments now involves a small group with a small Mackie 808S powered mixer. I use my Peavey TNT combo here and have simply run an instrument cable from the "preamp out" of the Peavey to the "line" input of an open channel on the Mackie. Seems to work just fine, but I'm wondering if this is or isn't the preferred way to run to the board? I mean no direct box or XLR involved here. Comments? Thanks.