Okay, so I finally played my Dolphin 5-string thru my full rig tonight. Soundin' good, beav, but... I noticed that the low B was weak and nasal, although it was getting this very interesting bit of overdrive... hmmm... GK rig, shouldn't be driving like that at this volume... Then I clicked off my compressor (Keeley, with sustain and level both at 10-11:00) which I usually ALWAYS run. The bass became a THUNDER MACHINE instantly. I mean HUGE. In an on/off comparison, the comp was making the A-D-G strings louder and overall doing good things, but was not very noticeable on the E and it was slaughtering the B. Then, I tried my 4-string Thumb sans compressor. Also, huge. Not as huge as the neck-thru 5-string Dolphin, but still. So how the hell do I retain the thunder but still have some of the evening-out between slap and fingers? "practice" is what most good players would say, but I *like* my slap sound when the attack is a little out of control. Just want that part a little quieter, is all.