I was in the studio (one of Maryland's best) yesterday, and had a deja vu experience. My rig was in an isolation booth to minimize bleed (band playing live to the extent possible). I was using an Aguilar 750, line taken direct, set on pre, and nice AKG in front of the Whappo, Jr., mostly in the direction of the woofer 12". My bass was the Sadowsky PJ4, Sadowsky nickel strings, about halfway towards the P pickup, tone rolled off no more than a jit, treble boost just above flat, bass boost up maybe 20%. We do three takes of the first song with scratch vocals. Go in the control booth to listen to the playback. Listen to the whole thing, tone is great. I ask the engineer, what kind of mix is he using mic vs. direct. He says, "Oh, that's 100% direct. I listened during the warm-up, heard how the tone was distinct but fat and full at the same time, and just stuck with that." If you'll recall, the same thing happened to me three weeks ago in a different studio, different engineer, different band. I guess these Sadowskys do sound good with nothing added on top.