I'm soliciting feedback re a tone quandry, as I'm trying to figure out whether I can realistically choose between a G&L L2000 and Warwick Thumb NT and come up with one bass that will pretty much fill my needs. Background: I'm not much of a bass player, but once was a pro trombone player, and hi-fi has been an occasional vice over the years, so I'm pretty fussy about sound and tone. My goal -- perhaps unrealistic -- is to have one axe that I can use for jazz, latin and the occasional folkie situation, with the ability to get a warm, full sound, but also get more "penetration" when I want it, and lots of tonal nuance based on what I do with my left hand. For many years I've had an early 70's maple-neck Pbass w/ an EMG P-J combo, but have now brought the Thumb and L2K into the house, and know I won't be going back to that Pbass because these other axes give me so much more -- especially the extra frets. As a bone player, I get a kick out of being able to extend one's range by simply buying a different axe! On the amp front I have a Thunderfunk TF-420/Aguilar GS112, but do almost all of my playing on a small Fender practice amp. To be frank, I probably have not adequately explored the EQ capabilities of the TF420. I've always respected the L2K's versatility, and now that I have one in hand and my first exposure to a humbucking pickup, I really dig the sound. I find that if I back both tone controls down so as to bring out more mids, and play passive/double-coil, I get a nice range of usable tones by simply adjusting the pickup selector and my right-hand placement. But even with this approach, the L2K will never have the quickness of the Warwick- that axe is so articulate on the attack that it makes me think more like a drummer! And although most of my bass time has been with a P-bass type neck, as I get used to the Warwick I'm finding that my left hand is more likely to land in the right place when I try to jump up the fretboard without looking, and I seem to play more cleanly with the right hand - I guess I'm digging the neck and string geometry, and I love those 26 frets! But even if trying to get more meat from my right fingers on the string, and hitting just below the edge of the fingerboard, I cannot seem to get the big, warm, easy sound I want in the lower register when, for example, laying a line under a jazz guitarist playing standards. I should add that I prefer not to rely too much on eq adjustments to each amp as in my general experience, unless boosting or notching to deal with room anomalies, messing around with that stuff can generally create new problems when you solve the old. And in just experimenting with bass boost, I lose the clean chordal capability of the Thumb. So my current approach is to keep the amp flat and work the bas controls by backing the mids way off and boosting bass and cutting treble slightly, but this is not quite doing it, as I want a bit more sustain and warmth. So, the questions. Am I looking for the impossible? Is there any point in considering alternative pickups to the MEC pickups on the Warwick? I look forward to your collective wisdom!