Ladies and gentlemen of Talkbass-- I need your sage advice. I have been having the same problem again and again for a couple years. I keep overhauling my rig, but it seems like no matter what I do, I cannot hear myself in the mix, at least not very well. My band's new drummer is probably the loudest drummer we've played with yet, and that is making it even harder to hear myself. Our music is not metal, but we do rock out pretty hard. Besides our drummer, I am only competing with one guitar player, who plays a Fender Strat through an Ampeg Reverberocket 2x12 50-watt all tube combo. This amp is loud as hell. We also hope to add another guitarist, so that is going to be more mix for me to try to cut through. I am using an Eden WT 800 head, which I love, but I don't think I am using it to its max potential. I am running this bridged mono through a Schroeder 1212 (1000 watt cab), ordered from Jorg. I dearly love this head and cab but for some reason, I need the gain at about 12 to be able to even begin to hear myself. With the gain that high, the compressor light comes on like crazy. I am also using some pretty damn loud basses... a USA Fender Dlx Jazz with an 18v preamp and a G&L L2000, which is the hottest bass I've ever played. The G&L has such a powerful preamp that if I turn the gain too high on the amp, I start getting distortion from the low strings. But if I turn the gain down, I can't hear myself over the drums and guitar. Someone told me the best way to hear yourself is add more cabs. I am wondering, if I want to keep my Eden, should I go with 2 separate 4-ohm cabs (Avatar???) in stereo rather than just the Schroeder 1212 bridged mono? Or do I need an all-tube head for maximum cut? I am not sure what the problem is here, and having put almost $1500 into a head and cab, I want to be able to plough right through the old mix without having to ever go past 12 o'clock. We have a KILLER new drummer, a new practice space (my wife and I just bought a house with a finished basement), and are starting to practice more and play more and more shows. Now I just need that perfect, or near perfect rig. For $1500 or less..hah. If you look at my profile and see the "previously owned gear' section, almost all of that has been in the past 2 years. If you look at just amps and cabs, you can see how many rigs I've gone through already. I want my next one to be the RIGHT one! ANY HELP APPRECIATED!