Is that how to write "fiddling"? Anyhow, I have got myself a dbx 163x and am not quite happy with the results. The main reason I got a compressor was neither sustain not overall volume eveness, but to get a punchier sound. Unfortunately, in that sense, it seems to work only on higher notes. Lower stuff, lets say below the second lowest E, sounds muddy and actually less "punchy" to my ears. It definitely sounds less aggressive. I have the bass directly plugged into the compressor before my combos preamp because in the effects loop it sounds much worse and is a lot more noisy. I guess the compressor raises the bass and mids while lowering the highs on the high notes, making them sound more meaty. But on the low notes the bass and the mids are already naturally relatively loud compared to the highs, so it lowers my precious mids (and bass). This results in a less "meaty" or "punchy" sound. Is there anything I can do about that?