just curious about your experiences/thoughts as tonight was a weird jam with my rock cover band.... We play everything from Stone Temple Pilots to the Eagles to Pearl Jam to Sublime to Johnny Cash, etc. I am lucky enough to own a few great basses and I like to bring them all out from time to time as I love playing them all. In any case, I started with my new to me Ken Lawrence 5er and really couldn't get the right sound out of it initially. Too trebly, didn't cut, the B string was too boomy, etc. I switched after a few songs and grabbed my Valenti 5er. Tonal heaven to me. The Nordy Big Singles and Nordy pre cut thru anything. Truly a killer rock bass. After a break, I actually figured out how to EQ the KL and it sounded as good (but different) as the Valenti and I played it for a bunch of songs loving every minute. Great rock tone out of a goofy looking singlecut! After mentioning all of the above to my band over a beer, they all said that they much preferred the KL before I changed the EQ to the Valenti as well as the "properly" EQed (to me) KL tone. This was very interesting to me. I asked them why they liked the bass and EQ I started with and they agreed it sat in the mix better in their opinion. In any case, again they all also agreed that my Fodera 5er (it was at home) sounded noticeably better than the Valenti or KL and really wished I played it from now on. I love my Fodera, but to me an active Jazz 5er (my Valenti) is a better (maybe easier from an EQ standpoint) fit for the tunes we play. Maybe I am nuts, but I know what I like (i think)! Any similar experiences?