I've been slowly reducing the "high-end" quotient of my rig because it just doesn't matter... Some sound guy getting paid $50 for the gig will connect your bass with a $20-$125 DI box into a PA system designed for impressing drunk people with loud "bass" thumping techno music. e.g. Played at a place (Nieman's in Carlsbad, CA) -- should be a good spot, they've had some good bands play, etc. Sound check: I hit my A-string, and *everything* on the stage shakes, booms, feeding back uncontrollably... Sound guy says it's my "stage volume" that's just too high. I turn my rig *OFF* entirely and it continues. He still blames me -- I'm playing a P-bass with flats through a DI into his PA, and he says "your bass is just really mid-rangey -- there's nothing I can do." I say, "man, this is the single most common bass in the universe! How can you not be able to handle a P-bass???"... anyway, I play the gig with my rig off, because I can't hear it anyway for the massive booming. This is a 1000W 2x12 epifani rig!!! I give up... maybe I need some in-ears or something... Anyway, it sort of flashed into my head at this point that people endlessly debate 10's vs. 12's or a rosewood vs. maple fingerboard on your bass... Best spend the money on a good set of musician's earplugs, and the time on learning your tunes and training your ear so well you can play the right notes without hardly being able to hear them.