Before posting, I delved through the depths of the TalkBass forums trying to find the solution to my problem. I've read comments on individual components in my signal chain, but have yet to find enough detail to go about fixing the issue at hand: when standing in front of my live rig, I feel like I'm trapped in a box full of geese that HONK HONK HONK. Let's start with the components. I dumped this in the amp forum, because I think my outboard preamp's the issue. Here goes: 1) Spector Euro 5 with an EMG BQC pre and an EMG 40CS in the bridge position. 2) Ampeg SVP-Pro with the original factory tubes. 3) Mackie 1400i power amp 4) 8 ohm Eden 410XLT. The Spector's a bright sounding instrument, but I love the way it feels and sounds direct through my headphones. The SVP-Pro's a little suspect because I've never been able to coax a truly inspiring tone from it. Every bass I've sent through it has always come out with a pair of wings, a nasty disposition, and that incessant honk. I've seen people praising the tweakability as a means to get any sound you want out of it. Conversely, I've also read complaints about the SVP-Pro sounding "boxy". The tone is also a bit "wooly" sounding with what, to my ear, sounds like distortion. The wooliness could be the Eden, as I've heard it likened to throwing a blanket over the speakers. I'm not clipping the power amp, as the VU meters are about half way up at most. The drive control is down all the way and my input level is set to clip only when I'm beating the living crap out of my Spector, which is virtually never. The signal is straight out of my bass. My gear isn't crap, so there has to be something I'm missing. Right now, I need to figure out which EQ frequencies are responsible for that honky/styrofoamy quality. Some say cutting around 1000Hz will mellow the tone. Some say 500Hz is where honkiness lurks. I'm also curious about when people say "I'll cut or boost here" how far they cut in decibels. 3, 6, 10, 12? As far as the Eden "low-mid" hump goes, which frequency is that? Sometimes the tone gets all muddled and I suspect is low-mid muck, probably because I'm boosting too much of whatever it is on the pre. Would throwing some Tung-Sol 12AX7s in there help out? Maybe my tubes don't have enough headroom or they're just garbage. Any and all suggestions would be great. Thanks for your help in advance.