Ive been playing the MB 400+ for some months now, and its a real treat. Lots of power, lots of scope. But, as many others, I spend a lot of time dialling and cant quite find the right mix of sound. (Ive read a tons of other threads about this, and my first question is partly answared in som e of those. My second is not.) 1. Any good suggestions for getting that snarling, raw metal sound to compete with dominant guitars and powerful drummer? (No, were not turning the volume down, thats totally missing the point). Ive picked up on the 10-2-2 flat discussions, but cant seem to nail that mid-dialling. Whenever I get the low end right, something else goes missing. And whenever I get the right snarl or edge in the tone, the low end usually suffers. (I might need a pedal. Ive used the EBS Fuzzmo, but its not to my taste). 2. Can I get a decent overdrive/distortion without pedals? I reckon I can, but I havent been able to yet. Even with the preamp to 10 there seems to be a very clean tube sound. Which is great, but i kind of expected a certain capacity for a tube growl as well. Ive got nothing against pedals (testing darkglass mt, big muff, rat), but the coolest and most dynamic bass growls are often those with no help other than an cranked up amp (in my taste). Anyone? Equip: Fender Precision. Doesnt quite do the job in this band, no matter how good it is. Schecter Platinum 4 (active), my choice right now, with the active pickups obviously giving an added edge. Aria Pro II SB-CB Ive experimented with the ebs fuzzmo, which seems to be a decent machine, but is way to digital/artificial for my taste. Style: Semi-extreme Heavy metal with touches of doom and black metal. Tuned down (c standard). Loud, mid-tempo.