I've been playing bass for over 30 years and I thought my technique was pretty good but watching some of those youtube guys I'm starting to have the feeling that I might have to make some changes. Here's the problem. On my 5 sting bass when I play the E A or D strings I was getting this clacking sound kind of like the strings were hitting the Fretboard. My attack is kind of medium, I don't dig in really hard and I'm not wimpy either. So I had to get more relief in the neck and raise the action. That would make it go away. I do not have that problem on my 4 string basses(74 Jazz and Modulus VJ) but I have it on two 5 stringers that I own.(the 5ers are a Moon JB5 and a Atelier Z M265 so they are high quality instruments) On some youtube videos and i see these guys with speed and chops and I can't imagine them doing what they do with anything other that really low action. Henrik from Dirty Loops for example... There's a Jimmy Haslip clip and a Tamas Barbaras clip and some John Pena clips ( all guys who I like and try to emulate)where I also hear quite a bit of buzzing too. Which actually surprises me, it is not noticeable on their recordings. Am I more paranoid about avoiding the buzzing than I should be? Is a certain amount acceptable? I don't know. But that still leaves the annoying clacking sound... So I'm wondering if I need to change my setups and my technique a little as well. To experiment I set the Atelier Z with less relief and lower action just to see if I can make it work.It plays very easy now but I really have to watch my right hand technique now to keep the clacking from happening.I lightened my attack so I don't get a whole lot of buzzing I'm really careful about how I pluck and how I mute but that also makes me think too much and keeps me from going for stuff.The bass also doesn't resonate quite as well now. I play latin jazz r&b funk straight ahead stuff so I want clean defined notes with punch. So I'm not 100% sure if I'll be able to make those changes and stick with them or if I'm just going to revert back into my old habits. When playing live it's not so much of an issue but when I'm in the studio or practicing at home, keeping the strings from making extra noises is a big thing for me. Any words of wisdom?