i got inspired to write this after reading the "do tb people like jpj, geezer, paul, etc thread). Actually i'ts been on my mind for a while. Why do some bass players just excite you when you listen to them? I like to hear a virtuoso, It's inspirational and humbling. But for me, what gets me deep down are the tone of the bass, the feel the player has, and their unique (or not so unique) style. Feel and style are those things that make you able to identify a player w/o knowing the song, a fingerprint if you will. I guess the big thing that moves me is TONE. Not just the tone of the equipment (bass, rig, & recording gear/technique), but the tone the player creates as well. I guess that's another identifying mark of a player. Tone just gets me. It's funny because i never could get into ampeg gear, but the tone on stp's "core" was from "cranking the s**t out of an old SVT" - robert was ticked they wouldnt let him use his alembic/sans amp rig. Same for the tone on green day's "Dookie" - a cranked vintage svt (from what i've been told). Flipside, geddy lee's tone on rush's "different stages" is all sans amp, parker speaker emulator and demeter di (i think), but man that tone makes me wanna play!!! (of course that jazz he has is the bomb tone wise too). And then there's "live at leeds". Is that a tone or what? Of course there are plenty of non-aggressive tones that are wonderful too. Phil lesh's tone, dusty hill from zz top, SRV's bass player, JPJ's tone, victor, and man that guy from our lady peace with his sadowsky (i think he used a few different amps) - what a tone!! I dunno, the older i get, the more tone means everything to me. So what if they aren't all over the fingerboard and/or aren't the best players? If they have a tone that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, it's as good as it gets.