The other night I saw a great local band. All were good musicians and their repertoire consists of alot of 70s material, stuff I grew up with. I've seen this band once before and this time I invited a few friends to check them out. They also enjoyed the show. The bass player was excellent. He was playing a 6-string Peavey Cirrus. I don't know what kind of amp he was going through. One thing bothered me though. He was getting this overly midrangey tone from his bass. I was talking with my buddy the next morning and he also agreed, the sound was just too "farty". Which brings me to my gripe: why do so many bass players not get a good sound out of their instruments? Other times, the bass is boomy or muddy and you can't tell what the guy is playing. Now to be fair, it's often the acoustics of the room or the sound system that are at fault. But I think alot of times the bass could do with some more high end, to cut through better. I suspect some players get the sound they want to hear on stage without regard to how it will sound out in the audience. Maybe the answer is to have somebody else play a few notes during soundcheck while the bassist goes out in the room to hear the result. Anyway, I just wanted to get it off my chest. Anyone with opinions feel free to chime in.