Man, for only putting out 120 watts into 8 ohms, this puppy's loud. They weren't kidding when they called it the "High-Gain" input. Anyhow, I'm hearing the natural tone of my bass and speaker cabinet, and I dig. For fingerstyle, it actually sounds better with my FBB in passive mode, whereas my trebly Fafner likes getting the low-mid-rich signal off of the NTBT. Slapping sounds killer in either mode. More to come when I get back from the gym. Thanks to jimbass55 for prompt shipping and a smooth transaction (and an unbelievable price).