Trying to ask a tone question, on "paper", is, I suppose, like trying to explain a kiss or something. Probably impossible. But maybe someone has at least had my problem. I got a MarkBass 2x10 combo and 4x10 extension cab. Sounded ok at GC but I'v always found hearing an amp's tone at GC is futile. I play a MusicMan Stingray 4 string. I just can't get the tone right and I can't place my finger on it. At times it sounds distorted (my gain vs master are ok) other times it just sounds "nasely" ... dull. I hate the VLE/VFF also. It's just not bright - as in alive, not trebley. And I'm only rehersing to mp3 files ... not playing out or loud. In the past I've had Stingrays with SVT and GK. Sounded great! Does MarkBass suck? I heard good reviews. Any insight would be appreciated.