Here's my situation (and I'm sure many of you understand exactly where I'm coming from): I play Spiros through an A.I. and try to use the full dynamic range of my bass--I've invested much to develop my own unique sound, unplugged as well as amplified. In any given set I will play loud and aggressive, but also softly, and when I hold a long tone I want to hear the note blossom and develop, and I want to control the volume of the instrument with my right hand. I also play a fair amount of arco which opens another can of worms. And, maybe most importantly, I need to hear myself much more than a bass guitar player in order to play in tune--as you all know. I play a lot of different types of music and venues (I'm actually drawn towards music that confounds any strict genre identification), but I often find myself in "rock clubs" and dealing with the sound-guy can be challenging. I think a lot of these guys aren't used to dealing with a double bass that doesn't have weed-wackers on it. I know I'm in trouble when they ask me if I want to run through another band's bass guitar rig. And I know I'm in big trouble when the idea of having the bass in the monitor seems novel. These "rawk" guys just don't get it. Example: I recently played a gig where we opened with a couple of rockers, and my moderately percussive playing was something the guy could understand. But when we went for one that started as a soft, delicate ballet, everything fell apart as the sound guy tried to mix the band for maximum volume. (Are these guys mandated to try to always achieve a deafening roar? Do the club owners believe it will somehow sell more drinks?) This is more a "people skills" question than a technical question. How do you approach these situations? I don't want to seem asinine to them (which I understand is completely counter-productive), but what is the best way to communicate with a sound guy who you suspect doesn't often deal with anything but bass guitars and rockabilly basses (or, more broadly, isn't used to dealing with music that fully uses dynamics)? Maybe request a dry signal? Maybe say "I've got my own compressor"? Maybe ask them to think of this particular bass as a "cello"? Maybe say "please don't ride my fader"? How do you tell them that you want to option to play at low volume without seeming like a jerk? How do you guys deal with this? Is there another thread where this is discussed?