Okay, I have been reading these forums for a couple of months, and I have found that (at least!) 90% of the participants want tones from their gear with punch, thump, grind, dirt (of the non-mud-inducing variety), snarl, growl, overdrive, hair, whatever. What if I don't want any of that? What if I want pure soft, muddy, attack-free notes? But it's not enough just to develop these sounds, we need gear that projects it out into the crowd in a reasonable sized venue. I don't think this last piece is such an easy task... But, I do know there are bassists out there who can get these tones, as there are so many recordings which feature such (production tricks, maybe?). So, what I hope to do is to generate a list of gear (preferably currently available--yes, most of us know about the ancient Gibson EB's and their mudbuckers) which aid in producing mud. Certainly technique is important--ala, palm-muting--or tricks such as foam under the bridge. But it seems to me that most of today's grind-y amps and bright strings really get in the way of generating a good ooze. Obviously, (after technique) any bass sound starts with strings. I am thinking most probably flatwounds, right? Labellas, GHS, TI, Pyramids. Those discussions are all over these forums, with many proponents for each. So, help me fill in the rest of sound circuit: > Bass? > Amp head? > Cabinet(s)? > Pedals? Partial responses are fine. But, if you would like to be even more comprehensive, let us know which songs or gigs/venue types worked with all of this. Strict head bangers, and other non-swamp dwellers need not apply. Cheers!