Hopefully, someone can answer this for me, as I'm not technically savvy enough to have dealt w/ a situation any better than I did last night. Here's the gist. Last night, I went to GC as I really just wanted to research cables & power amps... Anyway, I get there, & begin to sniff around the Live Audio section, checking out speaker cables, power amps, etc... I get involved in a discussion who is apparently thier lead sound guy, & I explain what I'm really trying to do, which is build a gig ready bass rig, & incorporate the pieces I have available to me, while allowing for upgrades... Next thing I know, he's trying to talk me into buying this, and that... well, you NEED a sonic maximizer, and you need this studio quality preamp,,, oh you dont want a bass pre amp,,, if you want it dirty, just get a stomp box, etc, etc, etc... On one level, I found it somewhat educational, if not a bit overwhelming... but I found myself ill equipped to defend my preconceptions of what I needed. The only thing that kept coming to mind was, if I'm so wrong, why is there even a market for bass specific gear? He seems very knowledgable, but I also kept thinking, "He's just trying to make sales". Sooooo... I guess I'm a bit flustered, as I guess I dont know EXACTLY what I need, & its driving me nuts.