My rig (Spector/SSD NS basses + SM-900 + Eden XLT cabs) has remained unchanged since the 94-95 time frame. I've been away from playing for a while, but now that I'm in a band again, I seem to be hearing the rig with new ears. I think my tastes/needs have changed, and my rig doesn't seem to satisfy me anymore. I'm looking for a warmer midrange punch with good live mix penetration, but I can't seem to get there. I can get different tones at the bass by changing technique and pickup blend, but I've never mastered the extensive tone section of the SM-900. I'm fully aware that mids are key, and I'm not one to just "crank the bass". I know what impact that has on my headroom and available power. I tend to run things flat. I wonder if I really have the building blocks of the tone I seek, and should continue to explore (wrestle with?) EQing options with my current gear. Or is there one compenent in the signal chain (bass or head or cabs) that I could replace that would get me closer to home? I've made good use of the TB "search" function over the last few months. A lot has changed in bass gear in the last decade, and it is tempting to let GAS take over and make sloppy substitutions, but I can't afford a lot of trial-and-error in this regard. I can try out specific pieces of gear in the stores, but I'm curious if you all think that one component in the chain has a more fundamental impact than all the others, and should be targeted first. I'm looking to avoid a complete rig overhaul if I can, but the tone must be found! I play primarily five-string in a "modern rock" band with two guitars and drums. I'm a fingerstyle groove player. Very little pick playing, and no slap. Thanks!