I use some of the nicest gear I've ever had the privilege to own yet I'm still not happy. My MTD has great fingerstyle tone, but not the killer slap tone I crave. My Nordy has a very good slap tone, but I can't seem to find a fingerstyle tone I like. My MIJ '75 RI Jazz, my baby, has a middle of the road tone right in between the two. Why is it so hard to have one bass that does it all? I prefer to spend the vast majority of my time with one bass, in a sense to make in an extension of myself. But I'm simply never happy anymore with my the tones I get. I know this is the basses forum, but this goes for amps as well. I'm fairly happy with my LMII. It has a great sound and a versatile eq. But I seem to have my issues with cabs as well. I've used a number of different Epifani cabs and now use Bergantino cabs. Both the epi and berg cabs were/are great, but each of them have their pluses and minuses as well. Why can't I get the tone in my head? Does it not exist? Should I just learn to live with what I sound like?