Last Sunday our little band played a gig. An outdoor event, we were not the main attraction but provided the music as per the advertised 'live music'.
For about the first half hour, I was not totally satisfied with the sound from my Markbass amp. I kept thinking that it sounds very closed in and attributed the change to the fact that we were playing out of doors. I used a plastic like red coloured cable but during an announcement by the organizer, I changed the cable and used a well worn guitar lead instead. The difference was close to mind blowing. The closed in sound had disappeared. The Markbass sounded as it normally does.
I have long noted that cables in a hi-fi system do affect the sound you hear. This idea has long been done down by those in the know, but I can only report what I hear and that is that the cables used do affect the sound. And now I know they affect the sound of my bass too. I had always thought this to be possible but discounted it as you can always EQ out the effects of the cable. But you can't EQ out the closed in sound I heard when I started playing that gig.
There is always the possibility that further use of the red cable will iron out it's closed in sound. Perhaps, if it does I will report back.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]