Well, my band had a break in schedule last weekend, so my wife and I went out for a drink at a little beach club. There was a four peice playing. Chick singer/guitar player - poor. Keyboardist - unremarkable. Drummer - killer. Pocket as big as a truck! Bass player - making me wanna cry! He had the fingerstyle tone I've always wanted, and was scaring me with it. My wife heard the singer go flat and said "wow, they need help", expecting me to agree (because I'm rarely impressed), and I just said "holy crap! This rythm section is killing me". The bass player had the fingerstyle tone I've always wanted and never quite nailed. Sounded like Benny Reitvield's studio sound on Smooth, maybe a bit more hi-fi. It was punchy, full, bright & present, yet not clacky or harsh. Very hi-fi, but dialed in perfect. It was the "Stevie Ray" sound of bass tone. Just enough bridge pickup spit to give a nice percussive effect, but enough bottom so that it didn't sound too nasaly. Man! I know there is an eq setting(s) thing happening here, that I'm just not getting. He was using a Modulus->Eden Nav->Eden 1000->Eden 410T. I have a nice setup also Demeter, Hafler, etc.., and though I get tone that is much more than adequate, I can't seem to dial this illusive fingerstyle tone in. I've tried on many nice rigs and basses over the years, and never got it like this. It's a subtle eq thing or an eq/compression perfect setting. I don't know, but, hearing it in a club both inspired me, and hurt me bad. Whenever I get the bottom end dialed in to that level of woof, then, try to get the clarity he had, I have too much string noise, or other annoying artifacts. Truthfully, I feel the treble freqs (1K - 5K) I'm playing with for clarity are not right for the sound I'm looking for. Yet they seem essential for that "hi-fi" sound. My slap sound is fine, got it dialed in. Old R&B tone - got it. Old school rock (John Paul Jones), etc, no problem. This tone is like a super hi-fi detailed finger tone that you rarely hear (usually only in smooth jazz). It's killed me trying to get it over the years, and always coming up short. Anyone blessed with "it", and willing to cough up the secret?