I know there are a million threads on compressors and compressors in live settings, and I know I've started threads about compressors - but my Dad asked me if the crowd would notice if a bass player was using a compressor, and I didn't have an answer for him. I recently received a pedalboard mini and volto power supply from pedaltrain after doing some work for them. I've been meaning to put a pedalboard together for months and months now, but things haven't been good on the job front. So anyway, I was talking to my dad about the ovnifx smoothie and he just didn't get it (compression I mean). After a while, he understood what compression did but didn't understand why I'd want one. I play in heavy rock bands, and with my stingray I'm normally heard loud and clear. I play with my fingers. I guess I just thought that if it enhanced my sound it was worth having, but at the end of the day could you hear if a bass player was using compression or not at a rock gig? Or am I just being a magpie and liking shiny things?