I grew up in the 80s when bass players were getting tuned in to aluminum cone 10 inch speakers EMG pick ups and light gauge stainless steel strings. We were trying to make the bass as bright and snappy and poppy as possible to extricate ourselves from what we thought was thud and mud tone. Since then we have been on a tonal trajectory that has apparently come full circle in my life at least. Last night I played a club gig in the basement type dungeon that would be fitting for a movie about the funk brothers in the 60s save the crowd. I used my Fender Bassman 100T which is the second one I purchased this year because I foolishly sold the first one, and a Fender Bassman Neo 115. I also had my G&L JB5 with Labella low tension flatwound strings. My tone was old-school yet very articulate. I could clearly hear the authoritative thump of the tube power section mainly when I played on the D and the G strings. The notes had a weight and a heft behind them that I was not used to hearing in a solid-state amp in a live setting. My bass tone was inspirational to me if no one else and made my night. More to come.