I'll put this in Amps because that's where I think it fits best, but maybe it belongs elsewhere. I am wondering how everyone addresses the issue of getting a good solo level as opposed to the level used for the rhythm section role of the bass in a band setting ? I do not solo a great deal, perhaps 2-4 times per gig. I play in a a couple of bands. One is an original jazz/world music thing, the other is more of a cover situation (60's-90's sort of thing leaning heavily to the blues/funky side). Neither of the bands is terribly loud and we do not run our own FH/PA, so no sound guy to cue for a hotter level. My working rig is one of several basses (Jazz 4's or a Turner fretless 4) into a Mesa Walkabout 12 combo, to which I sometimes add a Scout 1x12. My playing style is clean/no dirt, mostly fingers, but a little thumb/pop for occasional emphasis (think Chuck Rainey rather than Marcus or Victor W.) What I am interested in hearing about is how do my fellow TBer's address the issue of increasing "presence" when moving from regular playing level to a solo. I have been playing pro/semi pro for 40 years, and how I handle it today works ok, I am just thinking there is probably other ways to handle it, perhaps with better/more satisfying results. talk to me.