Obviously a rather general title, I know. But I would just enjoy discussing what you guys seek in tone and the gear you use to achieve it. I, personally, play a wide variety of alternative rock. My two main basses are a Spector Performer and a Peavey Grind. I only use Elixer strings because I like the longevity and the metallic, clunky tone. I use either an Ampeg PF-500 or a Hartke HA5500 head through either a Fender Bassman 4x10 or a Peavey TVX 4x12. I mix and match a bit, but I find the best tone to be the Ampeg matched with the Fender cab and the Hartke head with the Peavey cab. The Hartke/Peavey combination can get ridiculously loud and low, so I save that for bigger gigs. I usually leave the amp set flat with a slight low mid boost. I will dial in a little more or less treble with the tone knob on the bass depending on the song. For slower, clean songs I prefer a smooth "purr" with the tone knob rolled back. On harder, heavier songs, I have the treble slightly boosted for more of a clunky, aggressive rock tone. I consider my tone to be a growly, grinding tone, kind of like Alice in Chain's bass tone on their first album Facelift. I always get compliments on my tone and other bassists ask me how I get such relatively middle of the road gear to sound so good, haha. I guess the equipment is just a good combination together. I've always enjoyed mixing brands to see what kind of sounds I can come up with. But what about you guys? What do you go for in tone? What's your favorite gear with which to achieve it? How do you set the EQ on your amp/bass? I look forward to reading your responses.