Hi and happy 2016.! Will try to explain this best I can with my poor English. I play in a cover band, pop, pop rock, funk - music for fancy parties, everyone in the band are at least very good musicians, with feel for dynamics and groove. We play parties for 100-400 guests, mostly clubs, restaurants, wedding venues, and 10-20% outdoor gigs. The sound guy is an local sound engineer, pretty experienced and with very good quality gear (digital Midas, Turbosound, EV...). so, recently I have got some HD tapes from our gigs, recorded by professionals, and my bass sound is...well, not good at most of the indoor gigs. I've been visiting lot of similar gigs when I go out and it isn't a big deal - most similar bands have poor bass sound, but with one big diference - their bass players don't care - they even go direct to the FOH mixer with no DI or sound guy at all I invested lot of time and money in my gear, playing lakland 55-01 with sadowsky preamp, Nordy fat stack pickups and always new strings, Diamond compressor and Avalon U5 to FOH. sounds ridicioluus good on my amp or on recorded tapes, but on FOH not so well. so first question is about gear: best live bass sound with similar music/band I heard was with 70's fender precision, more than just one time. His playing was simple with no "Jaco notes", but bass cut well with it's specific low middles. Could it really be that simple? Get a "prec" and rock? I've been thinking about trying to mic my cab with top class mic (Re20, pr40, M88) first, but don't know what to expect, neither our sound guy does. ps, in my country Stingray 5 is the "giging standard" but they sound like c*ap in the live mix. Second question: My bass sounded great on a few outdoor gigs, but higher notes, especially on G string did not cut the mix at all or sounded thin (except of pop/slap). Both bass and my technique are very good balanced, but I tend to play lot of notes (Nathan East infuenced). Should I keep my playing style simpler to keep the groove of the band? Happy to hear opinions from experienced musicians and sound engineers. cheers!