I started a thread last week about the new Acoustic Image Clarus head and Yamaha NE-1 I had ordered. Well, both items came, and I played a church choir rehearsal (bass, grand piano, 20 singers) with the Clarus and NE-1 going thru a Flite 3-way cab. I'm not thrilled (well, OK, I am thrilled about a bass rig I can carry in one trip with my bass!). There was a certain irritating low-midrange thickness to the setup that I just couldn't seem to dial out -- almost a muddy tone. Granted, I was using my thickest-toned bass, which is a Benavente neck-thru with EMG soapbars. For my next rehearsal on Sunday, I'll try the gear with my thinner-sounding, J-style Pulcinella 5. Maybe that will do the trick, but MAYBE the Clarus just doesn't "do" the tone I want. To my ears, it almost sounded like going direct thru a P.A. without a speaker-simulator box. Maybe that's why so many people seem to use a SansAmp Bass Driver along with the Clarus? Or maybe I just don't love the Benavente. Or the Flite cab. Or the room. Or my strings. Or my strange obsession with bass tone????