This morning I had an e-mail from Slim Man in response to questions about his gear regarding his sound on the cut "The Avenue" with his "other" band, Bonafide. If you don't know what I'm talking about and are interested, you can find/search a free sample listening at http://www.cdnow.com I think the line is cooler than nitrogen. IMO, the main determinants of sound characteristics are the bassist, #1, and the bass, #2. Since, I can't be Slim Man, I was wondering - can Steinbergers be that "bumpy" with that almost zero decay? The few `Bergers I've heard have sounded more like resonant, wooden basses a la Tears for Fears Curt Smith. Slim Man's info was kind of sparse. He didn't say if he was using flatwounds which it sounds like to me. Then again, maybe it's the `Berger.