Ok- I see this sentiment more and more on this thread and want to hear some more: Despite all of our string changing, soundpost manouvering, action adjusting, etc., our sound all comes down to our PLAYING, correct? I've garnered this from post responses of Paul Warburton, Chasarms, Ray Parker, Mr. Fuqua, and many of the other vet Talkbassers (I'm sure you'd rather be called vet bassists, sorry)-I am definitely guilty of countless hours of tinkering and too much $ in strings, but is my improvement in tone due more to the fact that I've been playing alot more the past couple years, or the new tailpiece wire, new post, new bridge, new strings... It's nice to think style's the big thing, but if that's the case, then why do we all sweat all over this forum on how far the post is from the bridge foot, what gauge our tailpiece wire is, how often we oil our guts,... What I'm beginning to think is if I would've spent all THOSE hours practicing instead of tinkering, my sound would be all the more better... And there just went another 20 minutes I spent on this forum I could've been playing I'm not asking if you're of the strict opinion that it's all style or all setup/gear. You have to straddle the fence, but which side do you lean more to? Do you think if you have the chops, you can pick up a 500$ CCB on Ebay and make it sing (before it explodes)? Or conversely, if you can't seem to get any pizz punch out of your Engel, you can just upgrade to a Christopher hybrid, problem solved? Once again, before I get chastised, I'm NOT saying it's either one or the other, but how much do you believe good sound relies on good equipment, and how much on good style...?