I just played my first gig with a new (to me) Sadowsky outboard preamp. See http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=192853 All I can say is "WOW!!!!". This is the sound I've been searching for. Tight lows, punchy mids, clean highs. I ran my stock passive Signature Jazz basses through the Sadowsky pre, then took the DI from the pre into a dbx compressor then straight to the board. Also used the line out of the Sadowsky into my little GK combo for stage sound. Everyone in the band commented on the quality of the sound. The drummer said that he's never been able to hear me as well as he did that night. Sound out front from the PA was clear and tight as well, even though we weren't using any subs, just two BR15 Yamaha mains. Thanks to SMASH for selling me this gem of a preamp. It's finally solved my neverending search for "my sound".