I read here all the time about gaining 'that' tone and up until now have never experienced a dramatic change in tone. But! I wanted to practice in my living room where it is warm, so realised that my new Boss ME-50B has a headphone jack in the back. Brought it out and plugged in a new set of Griffin Ear Buds. The sound was awesome compared to my amp! My amp is about 3 years old Laney RBW300. 165 Watts into a 15" with a tweeter. (it is my first amp) Through the headphones the highs were crisper, and the lows fuller. With no FX dialled up and playing clean my Cort B4 sounded wicked. Ive always loved the feel of this bass but have never been completely convinced about the tone. Now I am!! So it basically boils down to the fact that my amp sux!!! I had never felt what a change in amp could do but now i know that even with FX an amp makes all the difference GAS is setting in!!!! P.S. I always thought my slapping was average cause it always sounded real muddy, but playing through the headphones gave me a wicked sound. So maybe I'm actually not that bad?!?!?!!!