Something that really P*sses me off is playing live and a sound man walking up to me with a D.I. Now, when you spend alot of money on a mesa or ampeg rig because you want a specific sound whats the point? If your going to plug into a D.I. then you may as well have a peavey combo amp for a stage monitor. Because no one is going to hear your killer bass tone you spend thousands for. I understand some heads have good D.I. outputs on them and I suppose getting the sound from the head is better than nothing. But isnt the final sound coming from your cab the whole reason you bought your rig the way you did???? Sure some guys get D.I.'s installed in VT bass pedals and stuff and thats great. But you still may as well be playing through any random garbage amp that lets you hear yourself onstage. Not to mention through a D.I. you usually get the sound man"s interperatation of a bass sound. Not necessarily what you or your band wants to hear. At the level alot of us are at who play in origional bands...we play clubs with multipile bands and dont have tons of time to set up and or sound check. Alot of times the sound man doesnt have enough mics or have the right mic perhaps for a bass cab. I am always polite to the sound man. But I find when you ask for your cab to be mic'd you get the deep breath of annoyance, bitching, or just "no, i'm not doing that". I know as you move up as we hope to do this year, to being a signed band, indie or otherwise, things do get better. So I was considering getting a good D.I. which I REALLY DONT WANNA DO! Or investing in a great mic, and a clip type stand thing so I can attatch it to my cab and have the mic set so the sound man can just plug the cable into it and go. Sorry for kinda ranting but this really really is an aggravating subject for me.