First off thanks to PeteBass for starting this thread. http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=286131 I have decided to start a new one with my exp. as they have taken his and gone in a different direction as Petebass only uses his bass through his headphones. A quick overview is the discovery by him of a great set of headphones made by Seinheiser called CV300b. These are a soft headphone that sit in your ear and give almost 100% isolation to the sounds around you. I have used these for two gigs now and there is no ear fatique. Not phyisically from having them in the ear or from the volume. The best part about these is their price. $80 US. Oh they handle my 5 stringer easily. I have been running my bass and a dedicated monitor mix from FOH. We are a 5 peice band with a drummer who uses the Yamaha electronics. These phones are so good I don't need an amp. I still use it for the rest of the band. One interesting side effect I have discovered is when I sing. I don't sing many leads but I do alot of harmonies. When I would sing my voice would sound muffled while all the other singers voices sounded natural and crystal clear. So I figured the sound tech had not tweaked my voice. I went to the board during break and saw it was identical to the male lead singers voice. During one song when he was off stage I sang harmonies through his mike and the same muffled quality. After reflecting on this and talking to our sound tech I came to the conclusion that I was hearing my voice resonating off my skull. I guess the fact that the earplugs have sealed my ear cavity caused my voice to sound different to me. Once I realized this I tried to ignore how I sounded whan I sang and dealt with the audio quality. For my IEM I use an inexpensive Behringer 4 channel mixer. I run my bass into 1 channel and monitor mix in another. I think next gig I will split my mike on stage and put this into the third channel in my mixer and see if I can overcome the muffled sound via a better eq. Now on the other hand the rest of the band and my bass was just great and with my own dedicated monitor mix I was in heaven. My sound tech is allowing me to tweak the monitor send as I like it during the breaks. Chris P.