In my taste, I like the bass to be "felt" than "heard". I don't mean it has to be low in volume in the mix. I would say it's a vintage style sound approach. I prefer flats over roundwounds. When roundwounds I prefer (old) nickels. I prefer fingers over pick. Regarding cabinets I prefer 12" and 15", I'd like to try 18".... I try to find the clipped (compressed) sound of valve heads or DI's form the past, with less dynamics (I don't own one unfortunately, I compensate with pedals and plugins in my daw). I'm in the mood of swapping pickups on my '91 MIM Jazz Bass, and I ordered the Epic Custom Shop E1 because they sound fatter and with less attack. In the same mood I was considering an high mass bridge but considering what I am listening here, I prefer the warmth of the vintage bridge. When I mix my recordings I prefer the compressor set with an aggressive fast attack to smooth the transients and let the notes to "fade in" more gently. I don't play metal, or funky slap, but more soul, soft rock and I don't need "the other" type of sound. Obviously the genre matters. Am I the only one? What other "tricks" do you use to achieve "that" type of sound?