My favorite bass tones come from Percy Jones and Fernando Saunders (on those early '80s Lou Reed albums). I would get a Wal, but it seems hard to get a hold of (long wait time), so I thought I would try something else. I hear Zon, Roscoe, and Pedulla are great, but I don't know how close they are to that sort of tone. I like the "mwaah" sound but I don't really want to sound like Michael Manring. I want that bubbly Percy Jones sound. I suppose technique has a lot to do with it. I have a pretty cheap Yamaha that I can get a decent sound out of, but it's not the best low-end or high-end. It's time to step it up. I'm also a huge Mick Karn fan, but I don't want to try to imitate him (well, maybe I do?). I think I want something that's versatile. Something with a good mwaah sound, but something that also doesn't overwhelm and suffocate you. Percy and Fernando Saunders do it best, I think. Anybody familiar with these players will probably know the sound I'm looking for. It's hard to decide because the samples I hear of Zon all tend to be pretty jazzy and sing. There are times when I play like that, but I also do a lot of funky, syncopated stuff with fast fingerwork, a la Percy Jones. Somebody help me out! This is going to be my college graduation present next year, so I want to pick the right one! I'm a pretty experienced bassist, but for some reason I know very little about how to customize my bass...I've focused on playing more than knowing about the bass. So if anybody can help me in that area as well... Thanks!