I bought mine second hand. The seller played both bass and guitar, but had only done guitar gigs the previous 12 months & needed cash (to record his new band IIRC). The EQ took a while to learn how to use live. Not having OD took longer to adjust to. The highs can appear subdued, but IMO its the fullness of the mids/lows that gives some people that impression. Certain bass cabs are better suited than others. Record DIRECT thru Monique and it's all there! The clarity is not always appreciated. Hearing each note better than all my other amps revealed inconsistencies in my (very good) technique. Old strings sound dull through it, new strings sizzled until broken in. My Monique 700 + Bergantino CN212 is the best rig I've played my Rob Allen Fretless Mouse through AND my DB through. Who would've thought? A micro head is SOOO much easier to carry to gigs, but I want the best tone every gig and am prepared to carry the extra bulk for that tone (most of the time anyway). Always wished I'd brought the Monique though any time I've left it at home.