So, I played one of my regular jazz gigs last night at a local Beer Hall/Brewery. The acoustics are terrible...high ceilings, lots of tile & glass, overall a very "boomy" and echo-prone room. We don't even use any reverb on the singer's mic...because it's already there. Normally, I put my SWR 2x10 on the floor, on its side, stacking the tens on top of each other (I'm pretending it's a Euphonic 2x10 for the time being!) All I ever do is fight with the EQ and fool around with volume between tunes. Last night, I grabbed an unoccupied short stool and put my cabinet/head on it. My speakers were now firing directly into my back. Some interesting things happened! First of all, I noticed my master volume level needed to be considerably lower for me to hear my bass. Second, the note definition was much clearer, because the sound wasn't firing past my legs. Also, I didn't seem to lose any good-feeling low end, just the muddy stuff. So, I realize this may not come as surprise to many of you...but for me, it's a revelation! I've always been in the frame of mind that bass amp + floor = extra bass...and that this is a good thing. Plus, after schlepping my rig (and the singer's sound system) up stairs, etc., the last thing I want to do is lift more stuff up AGAIN. In addition, I never considered it because it usually meant carrying yet another "thing" to the gig like an amp stand, milk crate, or stool, for example. However, I can now look back (with hindsight being 20/20) at many situations where I wasn't happy with my sound -- and that maybe raising up the rig would have made a big difference in the quality of the group sound. I can also see how having the amp in this position might allow for an even smaller rig (like a 1x12 combo amp for instance) instead of my relatively beefy 2x10 plus head rig. Of course, the guitarist that I played with last night brought in his fab new Polytone, promptly put it on a chair, and proceeded to sound great. Ah, lessons for the working musician! I got lots of compliments from people who were listening -- that said they really liked my solos, etc. I guess I had a good time hearing myself more, and playing with more finesse in not having to "fight the room" so much. Go figure!