During the 80's I was way into Ornette Colman and his bass player Jamaaladeen. He was one of the main reasons I got gas for a Steinberger bass. Recently I googled Jamaaladeen and I see he has been playing a totally different kind of bass. And guess what he sounds like Jamaaladeen! I know that is a strong indicator that it's the player not the axe that makes the player's sound. Yet it does not stop me from wanting the gear from the players I admire. I guess that's human nature for ya.