I haven’t had so much fun with my music hobby in years! Believe me. I’ve been doing this for a long time. Since 1959 to be exact. As a roadie, light show tech, performer (guitarist/singer) and sound co. owner/tech. At 66 years old, I recently got a call from one of my music buds who asked if I wanted to get a Hard Blues group together. Well, hell yeah! He said we don’t need a guitar player though. Ya wanna do bass? OK, I’ll have to gear up. So, $4000.00 later I’ve got an American Custom P Bass and Fender 300 watt Super Bassman head with the 6x10 cabinet. 1st get together I meet the young (to me) guitarist. 29 years old. Excellent player-a lot of feel and heart in his style- knows where he’s going and how to get there. Likes all the 60’s and 70’s style classic rock. An old soul indeed! I’m thinking BINGO this could be pretty good. His gear was like many (most) modern players. He shows up with a Fender Tweed Blues Jr. 10” speaker (or something). Nothing wrong with that...nice amp...sounds great. Fender American Strat...great guitar. OK...let’s start off with something easy and not too heavy. ZZ Top’s Blue Jean Blues. He couldn’t believe how quiet, big and fat that bass rig sounded at such a low volume during the verses and how big and dynamic it got for his solo. The thing he noticed for the first time ever was that his rig sounded like a toy even though it was screeching loud. We mic’ed it up. I knew what the results would be... an even louder screeching toy. Here’s a teaching moment. I yanked my original 59 Fender Bassman out of the closet and said try this. He was amazed at the difference without really being louder. I couldn’t help myself... Dude, you haven’t seen anything yet! I began to tell him about how a Marshall JTM45 w/ 2 4x12 cabinets would transform his playing, dynamics, feel and all around inspiration. I told him about loosing the pedal board and using his guitar volume (after all it is a volume control) and assured him he would NOT be too loud. So, I hooked him up with my Germino JTM45 and 2 4x12 cabinets a couple practices later. By this time we had a few tunes down and were comfortable with each other. We kicked off the Allman Bro’s. Whipping Post. He was real timid at first... not near loud enough and just sneaking up on the volume. Amp’s on 8 or 9, bass nearly off, treble and presence up and plugged in the high gain channel. He found the sweet spot for rhythm and you could tell he was finally “getting it”. On the solos he said he had sustain like never before ( no pedals) he could “feel” his guitar. The SPL meter PROVED it was no louder than before and in some cases much quieter like during the verses where you can back off with dynamics and still be full and warm sounding. He’s got the dough and he ordered his new rig last night! Another happy convert!