played a gig last night at one of the clubs that we've been playing at twice a month for the last 8 months. last night, i took my Avalon VT737SP and my Demeter HBP1-J/EL-8 distressor (comp) racked preamps thru my crown xti2000 and Accugroove EW Jr. cab. for the first set, i used the HPB1-J/EL-8 with my jazz bass. it was really good, but it lacked a little mid thumb/punch that i was used to getting. it was very clean, clear and hi-fi sounding, but no matter what, i couldn't get it to pack a real lo-mid bass punch. on the second set, i switched over to the Avalon. it had a much fatter/thicker sound, and was super punchy. on the third set, i switched basses, and used a brand new Rick 4003 (that arrived yesterday morning) thru the Avalon/xti2000 setup. it completely floored me. prior to this, i never dreamed that i could ever substitute using a rick for one of my fenders, for an entire gig, since my fender P's and J's are like using my favorite baseball mit, or wearing my favorite broken-in sneakers, but that rick really changed my mind about that. the 4003 thru the avalon just sounded amazing, having a much livelier, fuller mid-bass tone to it, yet still had the punch of the jazz bass that i almost always use. so it looks like i'll be using it as my main bass for the foreseeable future and using the j bass as the backup.