Played at a bar last night, told the sound guy ahead of time that I was going to run my sansamp DI (the context was "is it alright If I run a D.I.?") start setting up and he is micing cabs, asks me where my D.I. is (how come there isn't a single sound guy who's ever seen a DI on a pedalboard?) when I showed him he tossed me the lead and I plugged in, so far, so good. So we're running through a sound check song, i'm in the crowd with my wireless, and there is no bass at all. no kick drum, no bass guitar, none. Now, to be fair on my end, he had FOUR Bag End subwoofers running, so there was NO REASON he couldn't make the bass go BOOM. I pointed to my guitar and gave him the "turn me up a bit?" motion and he just stared. My vocalist asked for a little more vocals in the monitors and less guitar and the soundguy put his hand on the board and didn't move it. Now, in our band, bass is pretty important, especially for our singer, who uses my basslines as his tuning. halfway through the first song, there was simply no bass at all on stage so I cranked my sansamp. glancing at my poweramp I saw the clip light ON and staying that way. I jumped into the crowd (who we'rent noticing anything ) and still, NO BASS from the audience. the Bag Ends didn't even sound like they were on (like they were for the other bands) After three songs of this, I hit the switch on my sansamp to tune (as I always do when I run D.I., it's supposedly a silent switch) and POP! goes the PA. So now I feel like a dick because I would be pissed were I the soundguy. anyway, played the rest of the set without hearing any bass at all, very angrily. Now, I have (or at least show) alot of respect for soundguys. I know they live in a hell that no one else can ever understand. I know that they for the most part try to make every band sound as good as they can. Because of this, I made sure to apologize for the pop after the set (because it literally has never happened before) and made sure the rest of the band kept the griping to themselves until we were loaded up. I just don't get why he wouldn't give me ANYTHING, when he clearly (based off the other bands that had played) had plenty left to give. I always figured D.I.s were a friend to sound guys, thats one of the main reasons I got one in the first place. I only use it when I see subs in the F.O.H. and I make sure to ask the sound guy if its ok before he starts miking things. Usually they are happy to hear it, and I'm happy because I love my sansamp pumping out the mains. If a soundguy hates his job THAT much, why do it!?!?!?! it was a cancer research benefit show, it's supposed to be a positive vibe but his attitude made me seriously consider hiring our own sound guy next time. /rant.