So I was in a guitar center a while back (a store notorious for their pushy sales people). and I was trying out some Ampeg bass heads. My equalizer knowledge is limited, admittedly, but after playing around with the graphic EQ a bit, I found a sound that I liked. It had a decent mid-range tone to it and had the bass boosted slightly to maintain the ballsy rumble that I love. So anyway I start playing for a bit when something distracts me (I think it was another person, I forget). When this @#%#$% salesguy walks up and goes, "here sir, let me adjust that for you" before I could say anything, he completely changes my EQ settings, grabs the bass I was using and begins playing something. The bass had great tone, nice and punchy...but then he hits the E sting...and I swear the damn thing squeeked!!!! He cut the balls off from my sound! No rumble, no boom...no nothing! I stared at the guy as he handed me the bass and walked away...I wanted to beat the hell out of him! I shut the head off and replaced the bass and walked away. I was so incredably annoyed. Now I've got nothing wrong if you prefer the type of tone that I mentioned...it depends on the music you play. But I play metal/hard rock...and I want that deep ballsy rumble. As a suggestion for all you sales people out there...if you going to mess with someone's sound, ask them what kind of sound they like first. Even better, don't touch their settings! Unless their settings are going to damage something serious...leave it alone. Or an even better solution, if someone isn't sure about the EQ of something...show them what each one means. Don't dictate their sound. One of a bassists pride's is in his/her sound. Whether it's unique or not, they got their sound to represent THEM...not what some salesperson thinks it should be. If any of you have had such instances please tell me about them. I'm done with my rant of the day.