I only thought about this because of the recent complaint posts about being unfairly placed in competitions. I think if you're a performer in a band, what you hear is entirely different to what the audience hear. I reckon if I had to identify my band out of a dozen CD performances of the same test piece I'd be hard pressed. A few years ago whilst waiting for our rehearsal room to open up, one of the other guys in the band was playing a CD performance of a recent test piece on his car stereo. He asked me which band I thought it was. I said I had no idea and he said "It's us!". I was very surprised at that - I didn't think we sounded like that. What "signatures" give your band its unique sound? How would you pick your band out of a stack of a dozen CDs?