Maybe it's just me, but are any of the rest of you not so fond of in-ear monitors? I realize there are some advantages. I have a good set of in-ears and a sub-mixer that gives me complete control over all channels of the board in my personal mix. I use the in-ears when called for in bands I sub with. My regular band does not use them. It's getting to the point that I just do not look forward at all to gigs where I need them. Yeah, money is money, but I just really cannot get into my playing when I have in-ears in. It makes me feel like I'm sitting at home playing along with MP3s. I feel detached from the crowd. The channels are completely dry and devoid of effects--generally sounds lackluster. My bass sound sucks--at least in the in-ears. I realize I can't get the bottom through those little puppies, and it sounds different through the mains, but if I don't sound good to myself, my playing is invariably going to suffer. I can't hear the room and ambient sound. I can't hear the crowd. I find myself thinking that I hope the crowd is digging it, cause I sure am not and I can't wait for the end of the gig. I guess I just need to blow off some steam. It's not like I'm going to quit or anything. Yet, the other day, one of the members of a band I fill in with mentioned that he wanted to go back to wedges and amps. I nearly creamed myself right there. It was all I could do to refrain from cheering at the top of my lungs. Honestly, the sound just seems completely "sterile" during the gigs. And I know it's not my gear because when I am amped up, I always manage to get a kicking sound or even through wedges. And maybe I do have a kicking sound out front (I have good DI/preamp and effects for direct to the board gigs) when using in-ears, but if I can't hear it the same, I have a hard time getting into the music. Blah. Am I the only one, or are there other bassists who really just cannot get on with in-ears, even though we have to use them if we want the gigs?