About three weeks ago I posted about a challenging band mix when the guitarist in the surf band I play in with starts diming his amp. Since then, I've acquired a MIM P, strung it with Labella flats, and installed a neoprene mute under the strings at the bridge. Last night was the first rehearsal with the new bass. Things went dramatically better. I was definitely able to get underneath everything so that the bass sat better in the mix. I used my T-Funk 420 with two Bag End 15" cubes. I set the amp fairly neutral (didn't consciously try to push or scoop anything), Gain all the way up, Tone rolled back a bit on the bass. Whereas last time I was dimed and still couldn't hear myself, this time I played on 4 and had power to spare so that I could use a nice light touch. Night and day compared to last time. I definitely see what there is to love about a mute. I could have used a bit more. I found myself adding some extra palm muting. Also, I found that a super light touch actually gave a bit more thump and separation between the notes. A bit counter-intuitive. I'm probably going to try some different picks... felt, rubber, maybe leather. Any ideas? Thanks again all for the help. Much appreciated.