Recently I've been noodling around with my slap technique a little more on bass than usual. Trying to add the spice of slap triplets into my playing I began to notice a little problem in my tone when doing these. In practice I've been performing this "slap triplet" in the order of slap, muted hammeron, muted pluck. I've got the rhythm quite well, and fast too, and the slap and pluck sound just dandy. For some reason though, I'm unable to get any sound out of my muted hammeron. On top of that, I switched over to my Peavey Milestone III (an arguable downgrade from a BTB 675) and was able to get these to sound so lush right off the bat without even plugging in. This lead me to wonder if it was just my lack of finger strength when performing muted hammerons with a five string, or if it's just the sonic limits of the BTB. In research I came across a couple threads (most notably: Are BTB harder to slap on? ) saying that BTB's, especially those with Bartolini pickups (like mine), aren't at all ideal for slap bass playing. I'd like to think the problem lies in the player not in the instrument, but I'm so confused why I can get such a nice sound from a much cheaper instrument. I was wondering if an TB users had any similar experiences or any advice.