I introduced my new bass to the rest of the band tonight, but i had some trouble with the sound. I plugged into my normal chain (big chain: zoom 506II) and did not change my settings on the head. I started to play and it was so loud and distorted and muddy, I started turning down my bass trying to figure out why it sounded like crap. I wound up unplugging the zoombass pedal and just straight into the head and of course it sounded much better. My old main bass is a btb 5 string with the passive pups and 18v preamp, my new axe is a spector CRFM 5 string with active emg dc40s with aguilar 18v preamap. The btb sounded just fine with the zoom pedal but it seems to increase the gain for the emgs (which are allready pretty damm hot). Has any one switched from a midrange bass to a higher end bass and had similar situation/frustration? I play with an Ampeg b2.