That is all that's important. Sound guys get paid to make the band sound good. Bass players get paid (hopefully) to play bass. If it was anything more than a cookie cutter band playing a cookie cutter gig...just about every time. Any time they ask me. More often than not, though, they are able to listen to the kind of music that's being played and make solid judgements on tone and balance accordingly. That's the life of a professional. You slave away at your craft sculpting what to your eyes/ears is the perfect product and accept/work with/don't rehire whatever comes out the other end. Are you really going to pull the "Well why does he get to do it?" card? *GLARING GENERALITY ALERT* Differences in typical bass amplification are FAR more subtle than that of guitars. You can argue that all you want but the bottom line remains that Gladys Groupie will notice if Mr. Guitar Holder is DI'ed and has nothing but his twangy, unsaturated clean tone going through FOH MUCH more than she'll notice if Heir Bass God is DI'ed or mic'ed. Period. The fact of the matter is that you're not going to sound the same through your rig as you do through FOH REGARDLESS of whether or not you're mic'ed or are using a post-EQ DI. The sound guy ultimately has control over what the audience hears and giving him something that's harder for him to work with or something he is uncomfortable with can do nothing but hurt the end result (read: what the audience hears). Add to that the fact that I've met some unprofessional sound douches who, if pissed off, will make the band sound like crap intentionally. At the end of the day, do what you can to work with professionals you can trust to do their jobs just as they trust you to do yours.