I recently saw Kim Stone with the Rippingtons. He's a fantastic bassist and personality and plays some great Roscoe basses, I believe. Despite all that, his playing was virtually indistinguishable in the mix. In fact, all I heard was a sub-sonic muddy mess that Stone occassionally slapped his way out of. No matter the thousands of dollars you've got into a bass and rig, it seems that the crisp clear sound that one hears in front of the amp may be enjoyed by only the player. Everbody else gets mud. Sometimes I wonder if the low "B" has made the problem even worse. Just an observation.