everyone is going to hate me for saying this, but they know it is true. You just can not get that same clanky sound out of markbass. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing more clear than markbass nor should clarity be sacrificed for tone. But if I had to choose between paying 5000 for ampeg or markbass it would be ampeg. If there is some equalization trick, or a botton I'm not pressing please let me know. but don't you agree?