Hi All, I just had a unique situation come up the other day where 2 to 3 things all fell into place that made me Rediscover my Gear,……………… and it was awesome!!! Monday, it all started off with a fresh set of Ernie Ball Regular Slinky strings on my EBMM Stingray 5 that I installed after giving the bass a good wipe down. Tuesday, a stop in with my teacher who tweaked the truss rod, bridge saddle height & intonation just ever so slightly and had it playing like a dream. Wednesday, I head to a band practice with my alt rock original band that was rescheduled so we’re in a different room and I’m asked to bring my amp, a Markbass CMD 102P. Now, we’re learning some of the singers older tunes off of MP3’s he’s emailed to the rest of the band so I find the easiest thing to do is to bring my Zoom B1on and plug my iPhone into the AUX in for the band to reference if needed. I plug my bass into the B1on, add a little compression, tune up and away we go for the first 30mins of the 3hr rehearsal. I think the B1on is a great sounding unit but I'm used to it (I use it for 90% of all rehearsals) and I'm getting lazy with my technique due to "leaning" on the compression. After that, we don’t need the reference MP3's, so I unplug the B1on and plug my bass direct into the amp. Fresh strings, great set up plugged direct into the CMD 102P and things come alive!!! What is GAS? I don't know because I’ve got my dream rig & tone for the next 2.5hrs of this rehearsal!! Bass EQ set flat at the center detents, pickup selector in the Coils 1+2 (toward the neck) position, amp set flat (EQ at 12 o’clock with filters off), gain @ 12 o'clock and master volume @ 9 o’clock. Reasonably loud drummer, 1x electric guitar using a 1x12 tube combo & a singer with an acoustic guitar running through the PA. Things come alive even more a little later on as I bump up the gain to just shy of 1 o'clock. I rediscovered my gear!!! I put this thread in the AMPS forum because I was most impressed with the Markbass combo. Full, even sound! No harsh treble, mainly due to my pickup position on the Stingray - the Coils 1&2(toward the bridge) would have had too much super highs for this band situation. The lack of compression (as I tend to use with the Zoom and various other pedals) made me really concentrate and be aware of how I was attaching each note and to go really, really easy on the open B string to make sure things rang out clean & clear but sounding huge!!! I couldn't help but feel like a pro! I'm not, I'm a weekend warrior at best, but having this great sound and the ability to control it and manipulate it with just my fingers & technique really surprised me. And best of all, my gear just came alive and I couldn't be happier. For now. Cheers, Benner Note: IMG_4349 is my setup at home. IMG_4599 & 4602 is my CMD 102P set up at this particular rehearsal space beside the drums. I had already packed away my bass when I took the photo at the end of the night.