I'm in love with my new MTD-535. It's super responsive, and it does exactly what I want it to do, "all the time". But, there's a problem in our relationship. The pickups/electronics are so darn powerful, that it's overloading my speakers and my amp. Has anyone else had this experience with a 535? The amp: a Walter Woods Ultra. 1200 watts of crankin' power. With any other bass (F bass, Roscoe, Alembic, J, various others) I can crank the amp all the way up, and the worst that happens is my speakers start complaining a little. With the MTD, when I turn up the volume control, it sounds like a limiter is kicking in on the highs. Typically it happens when I pluck the G string. I actually looked at the output on a spectrum analyzer. Good God. I'm getting stuff way up in the 60 kHz range. I think this is overloading the power amp section, that's the only explanation I can come up with. You don't have to max out the amp to get the symptom, it happens even with the master volume at "7". On the other hand, I've determined that it's not the preamp section, 'cause I can crank the preamp all the way up, and as long as I leave the master at "3" everything's fine. So it has to be the power amp section that's complaining. The speakers: four BagEnd mini-stacks, with S-15's on the bottom and S-12's on top. Total power handling is supposed to be 200 watts RMS per speaker, which is 1600 watts total, in other words more than the amp puts out. The problem is, the fundamental on the low B is so strong that it's causing all the 15's to bark. It's creating a gnarly distorted sound that would actually be kinda cool if the speaker cones weren't trying to jump out of their frames at the same time. The question is: how am I supposed to tame this bass? As far as I can tell, it's the extreme highs and extreme lows that are causing problems. I can turn down the treble and bass controls, but it only helps "a little", in other words, the extreme highs and lows are so prevalent in the signal that even turning down the tone controls doesn't fully tame them. The only solution I can think of at the moment is a pair of 24 dB/octave Linkwitz-Riley filters at 31 Hz and 15 kHz, which would basically eliminate all the subsonic and supersonic components. Don't know whether this would take care of the problem though. Seems like the strong lows and strong highs would still be present in that situation. Don't get me wrong, I love this bass, and I love the sound. I don't want to change the sound "at all". I'd rather get a whole new rig. But it took me a long time to find a rig that will work in all the various gigging situations, and I'm guessing it would be next to impossible to find a rig that can handle this bass at concert volumes. Or if I could, it would be so huge that it would be impossible to move around. The only other thing I can think of is to painfully and laboriously experiment with a graphic equalizer, till I find exactly the right frequencies to start cutting, so the bass retains at least "most" of its sonic character. Please help meee...... aiiiieee.... Is this what people call "quality problems"?