Lets throw this thing wide open. There are lots of opinions about what makes a "good sounding" bass but how do we reach that conclusion? Is it from a sound we hear in our heads? If so, where did that sound come from? Recordings? Other basses you have heard? Is it about volume? Is it about tone? Over my many years in bluegrass I have heard bass players say what a great sounding bass they, or someone else has. Many times I have been left shaking my head in disbelief because to me it sounded pretty bad to my ears. Then again I have commented about the sound a bass as being good and I get no reaction from any one else. Is it all subjective? Or is there a standard we need work from..other than pride of ownership? My benchmark for testing a bass is usually hitting the C on the A string and then the B flat on the A and the low F on the E string. If it still resonates and projects well on these notes then to me, the bass is set up properly with the right strings and the soundpost in the correct place. However ..what about tone? Bob Gollihur says life is too short for bad tone. How is good tone defined especially on a plywood bass? I would be interested in hearing everyone's thoughts on this to see if there is a consensus. Thanks.