Hey guys, not sure if this is the right forum for such a question, but here we go... so I recently ditched my old rig (a hartke 3500 into a hartke vx410) for a preamp+poweramp setup. I may have gotten too excited and bitten off more than I can chew, because I can't seem to get the right sound out of the new rig. the new setup is... Peavey Cirrus BXP 4 string w/ DR Legend SS Flatwounds-> 3leaf Wonderlove (w/ empress comp in fx loop) -> Raven Labs USIP -> QSC GX7 run stereo -> 4ohm hartke vx410 and 4ohm eden 410xlt. from the output of the wonderlove I use a TS cable, but I replaced one connector with a TRS that has the Tip and Ring shorted- this goes to the stereo TRS input of the USIP, giving me separate gain and eq controls for each side of the GX7, and each respective cabinet. I mainly did this because I thought it would make me cool but is it a good idea? I'm afraid I am a bit of an audio noob with access to a soldering iron I also had the thought that perhaps I am just used to the sound of the Hartke amp- I almost exclusively used the tube preamp. would using something like the Steel Guitar Black Box get me closer to the sound I am used to? Am I dissatisfied because I am hearing what my bass actually sounds like, because my new rig doesn't color the tone as much? could my cabinets be the problem? any thoughts or advice on this issue would be greatly appreciated... I am going for a natural, strong acoustic-y sound, to be used in an improvised rock/funk setting (think Grateful Dead, Phish, etc.) I just feel like my tone has been very harsh sounding since the switch to the new rig. I fear that I am displaying the symptoms of what is commonly referred to as G.A.S. in this forum... am I missing something? or did i just buy too much stuff? any pointers are welcomed and any advice is appreciated. thanks!