I was wondering if there was anyone out there that doesn't like the coloration of pre-amps and plugs directly into a mixer or effects return loop (instead of a traditional preamp's instrument input), and then into a power amp and PA speakers or other natural sounding speakers. I ask because I love the sound of my bass itself. (G&L-L2500). I love the sound of going through a mixer and listening in the headphones, or playing through studio monitors or home stereo speakers. Very crisp and tight. (Not for a gig, of course) The G&L has a good onboard preamp, IMO. Maybe I'm insane, or something, but I like the natural sound. Is there an advantage ($$$) or disadvantage (bad stage sound) to doing this instead of going with a expensive natural sounding amp/speaker (i.e. EA) Does anybody have experience with this setup (no preamp) in a gig situation? What is your stage setup? Are you also in the PA?