Why do I have this idea that you should only play with your tone set flat on everything ( or said differently it is something somehow "wrong" with your equipment if you have to turn your tone knobs much) ? I have actually gotten into a search for a new bass just because my current one only delivers the tone I like with some tweaking on the tone knobs. After sitting down with my gear last night I was able to coax a much "better" tone out of it with my bass tone knob at 75%. Maybe a support group needs to be formed for those of us who have a "problem" with using the EQ. Any others have this disease?