I'm just curious how much we factor in other peoples 'outside of the instrument' perspective on bass tone when we think about how he adjust our own sound, via technique or gear choices. I recently started to ponder this after a keyboardist I work with, whose ears I value as being nuanced and developed, told me that he doesn't really care about me switchin basses all the time because he says my definable sound stays the same to him. I asked the singers and they agreed. One didn't even notice that I was slapping on a fretless. Also, I just did a gig with a cheap $400 dollar BB415 thru an aguilar rig (DB750/GS212), playing with a few jazz guys who go way back with me. They said I sounded better tonight than I had on the last four basses I'd had, which made me mad, cuz those were as follows.... MTD 635 (avadoire; maple/rosewood) Modulus Quantum 5 Sadowsky UV70RW5 Ken Smith BSREG6string In short, all expensive basses. Now keep in mind, those basses were all amazing to me, especially in playability when compared to the Yamaha, which is kind of chunky and Ol' School, but this got me to wondering: is the rest of the musical community in consensus with us bassplayers in regards to bass tone? When we equate amazing tone with high end basses, do most other instrumentalists notice and request that instrument, or would they be just as happy with the $400 dollar cheapy.