stage I try not to compete with the vocals or the other
instruments. I don't need to be the loudest thing on stage.
I believe the bass must lock in with the drums to serve
the song because, in the end, it is all about the song.
If I play too loud I cannot hear the kick drum making it
hard to lock in.
In that regard my rig is small. Currently I am using an
Aguilar 500 watt head with a two 10" SWR speaker cabinet
and Shroeder speaker cabinet. The Shroeder cab is amazing.
They are made by Michael Shroeder in Whittier, CA. He uses
some unique ideas to keep the size small but the sound big.
In my cab there is a 10" speaker mounted in a forward position,
a 12" speaker mounted at an angle in a scooped baffle which
acts as a sub woofer, and a front loaded horn or tweeter.
It sounds great and it keeps me from breaking my back.
Occasionally, we do a gig with backline. I always enjoy
playing through an Ampeg SVT with the 8 x 10" cabinet but
I keep it low. You get a classic sound without have to haul
a huge rig. As long as I can hear myself the way I it like
on stage, I leave it up to the sound man to do the rest.