So, first band practice with the DC bass.
The setup is two guitars and a drummer and we downtune Dropped D half a step (so drop c#?). Also I was standing across the room from the amp facing towards it but not directly. All these things (amongst others will influence my experience).
Despite all my banging on about the coil tap, I found that the standard setting worked like a charm for me, it has this incredible growl that I just couldn't get enough of, with the coil tap shifting the influence from the mids to the treble and blending me into the mix a little more (I like to cut through though). The low end was great on all settings, thick and powerful.
I will say that my forearm is a bit sore from resting on the body.
Of course, a short scale bass would not normally be my first choice for a downtuned dense mix, but I think I'll be getting a second DC with thicker strings setup for this band and keep this one for other projects.