Ok, I have debated asking this question for fear of looking like a goober, but here goes. I am having trouble with distortion from my rig when I am playing. We usually play 3 sets on weekend nights. The first two sets are usually rather tame for us and the crowd. The third set, the crowd is wound up, I get wound up from their energy, and I tend to play finger style ALOT harder. I really dig into the strings, kind of like Geddy when he is going at it. I really like digging in and playing like that, but I tend to get unwanted distortion out of my rig. Per. my profile, I have a Carvin 115 and Carvin 210 that I am running with a Hartke 5000 going in full range. On the head, the SS gain is set at 7, the Tube gain is at 5, and the Master is at 4. The output of my Ibanez Ergodyne is only at about 30%. So, is there anything rig wise that I should try so that I can continue to dig in and play without distortion? Or should I just wait 6 months until I have my new amps and basses and see if better quality equipment solves the dilemma? I know it seems like a silly question, but I have honestly tried every cabinet chain, EQ, pre and post volume combination I can think of, and it is still distorting when I play as hard as I want to. And please do not tell me to play lighter, I do not get a tone I like that way. P.S. Another stupid question - how do you put the colored faces in your posts? Another thing I have not figured out yet.