So I auditioned with this metal band the other day. I can totally fit the image of the band, chops arn't a problem and they showed me all the riffs and I learned them on the spot of just caught the riff by looking at guitat players hand. Only problem is they don't like my tone. I don't blame them cause my tone was crap when I played the them. But the issues is they play in Drop C and none of my basses are set up for drop C. So i just took a bass tuned it down to drop C and the strings were floppy as hell. So I flat out told the singer I'm not going to go out and buy a new set of sting, potentially have widen the notches in my nut just to find out I'm not in the band to have to buy and install a new nut and have useless set of stings with 1 hr playing time on them. I've got more than enough of a rig for the bars were going to be playing, you know I have the chops, why can't you trust me that my tone will be good once i've got a bass set up for drop C, my tone in standard tuning and half a step down is fine. He says "tone is very important to us and we dont' know what your tone is going to be like in drop C we want to make sure were sounding good for out show in april" kidna stuck between a rock and a hard place but don't think I'm being unreasonable. I want at least a commitment that I'm going to be playing bass for their show in april before I set a bass up for drop C but they wanna hear me in drop C before they'll commit to me being in a band and playing a show. I'm not really starving for a band I jam with alot of people So I really don't see any point in backing down but its unfortunate cause I like the guys like the music and have room in my schedule for it. Can anyone think of a possible solution to this dilema? I could see their point a little better if they were all gearheads, but the singer sings through a 50 watt monitor for practices until he buys a pa ( so how do i really know what his tone is like ) and to change from drop C to C the one guitarist seemed to smash his foot on his multi effects pedal (making awful noises until he got to the tuner) and the other guitarist plugged into a hand held tuner. Not exactly professional, and granted this is not a professional band (we'd be playing shows for peanut) But if you are worried that much about a bass players tone, figure you might want to have your **** a little more together.