I auditioned for a rhythm guitarist spot in a local band last night, and used my EJ Strat and my DRRI. They played in the drummer's basement (not too loud) and miced the amps, so I was running my amp volume about 2.5 (first input, Normal channel). Amp sounded great, but what was really surprising to me was the fact that I was getting a nice slight breakup/crunch at this volume when I dug into the strings hard. This was most noticable with the EJ bridge pickup, which I have set pretty high, with the tone rolled back to about 6.5. I actually noticed the other guitarist looking down at the pedal I brought (Crunch Box) to see if it was on; I did too, and it was off. Is this normal? I've been a bedroom player for the past couple of years and haven't been in a band in over 10 years (I used Marshalls back then, and practice was very loud); this was my first chance to play my DRRI in a band setting. Amp is biased to about 24ma (EH power tubes), with an EH 12ax7 in V1, JJ ECC83's in other 12ax7 spots, and NOS Mullard 12at7's in the 12at7 spots (reverb and PI). Could I have some high gain preamp tubes? Is the EJ bridge pickup that overwound? It doesn't sound like it to me, when compared to the neck/middle. Just curious. Audition went well, and this guitar/amp combo sounded great. Other guitarist was using a Marshall DSL 401 on a stand, also miced; I preferred my DRRI FWIW.