Last night, we played at an odd musical festival. The headliiner was a group called "Dred Clampett." If you have the chance, see them. Before they went on, I heard one of the other upright bass players make a snide comment about the upright bass Dred's bassist was using. It was one of those ebay 500.00 delivered upright basses. I guess the guy thought "cheap bass, this is going to suck." Turns out the guy from Dred absolutely smoked. He was by far the best bassist (upright or electric) there. The sound of that cheap plywood bass was as good or better than anything there. During the set, they introduced the guy (he was subbing.) It turns out that he had ordered this bass, set it up himself, and learned to play it (extremely well) in a matter of weeks. Amazing! I guess in this case, the tone really was in his hands. His tone and playing was much better than the guy that "dissed" the cheap bass.