I purchased a used Countryman Type 85 because I don't have a DI and I wondered how it would sound. Using phantom power into my Mackie 1202VLZ it sounds good, clearer and fuller with a defined low end. I then plugged it into the input of my power amp. The sound is similar. I then used a balance unbalanced cable into the front end of my GK 400rb and found that to sound great, fuller, tighter and maybe similar to a 12AU7. I have been playing with the 10db cut on the amp and the gain knob to get some interesting tones. Does any one here use the Type 85 like this? Signal chain, Fender Jazz bass ( Japanese ), Countryman Type 85, GK 400rb, bag end d12 or Schroeder 15L. There is something about the Type 85 that I cannot put my finger on. Its seems to be missing something in the high end or perhaps there is an added mid frequency. Then again maybe i am using something for the first time that is truly flat and amplifying the actual tone of my bass. I typically use the GK or an Alembic F1x. Perhaps they have specific voicing that I am used to. What has been your experience with this DI?