Hi all, hopefully this hasn't been asked before, but a search didn't turn up any direct comparisons. I recently picked up a markbass compressore. I generally play a 1975 Fender Jazz through a Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 and Aguilar GS212. I like some of the sounds I can get out of the mark bass. The slap sounds is great, and I can get some pretty good thump on slower rock or funk type stuff. My concern is that it seems like it might be a bit dark/muddy when I am playing fast passages - especially when playing faster jazz tunes in the middle of the neck. I'm sure that the fact I am playing through a somewhat dark/lowmid bump head and cab amplify this. I think the markbass might sound great through a more modern sounding head/amp, but I'm wondering if it is a bit overkill with my current setup. It could also be that I am not using optimal settings on the mark bass perhaps. I've read some good things about the Empress, but do not have any nearby that I could test out. I'm also drawn to the led gain monitoring, as sometimes I have a hard time telling exactly how much the mark bass is leveling the signal. I'd like to find a compresser that can even out my slap playing like the mark bass, but can also be more of an always on compresser without muddying up faster lines. Has anyone compared these pedals head to head that could give me some advice? One concern I have about the Empress is there is no threshold control. Has that been an issue for anyone? I still have a few days left on my return period on the mark bass. Thanks for any input!