Finding the right gear for the tone you have in your head can be difficult because the tone in your head can change all the time. It doesn't change dramatically during a day, it changes little by little. And as soon as you've got the gear which sounds almost like the tone in your head, you will be disappointed the very next day because the tone in your head has been changed a bit. I have had more than 50 basses. I've been always looking for the right sound and finally got to the point when I am about to sell all my nonperfect (for my needs) basses and keep the following: Woodandtronics (WT) Custom Single Cut 5-string MTD535 with Maple/Rosewood neck and Ash body MTD535 with Wenge/Wenge neck and Black Korina body Sadowsky UV 5-string with Maple/Rosewood neck and Alder body Sadowsky MV 5 with Maple/Maple neck and Ash body Status S2 with Neck-through Graphite neck 78' Fender Jazz/Precision neck Washburn AB20 Acoustic Bass Guitar I'll also keep Epifani UL502 and 4x10" cab, plus Acoustic Image Focus 2 Series III head. I hope to keep the Schroeder 1210 cab although it has have a lot of problems - all the elements have been changed due to the fact that the elements had blown off (I play mostly old style funk on low level volumes). Other than that Schroeders sound great and they're light. Yesterday a great bassplayer from Senegal - Ndioba - played at my studio using my gear. I couldn't believe how good my basses sounded in his hands through my own rig . So it's time to keep the gear and start working on my techniques. By the way - it's hard to believe that you cannot get good slap sound out from your MTD!!! Both of my MTDs are complete funk machines as are the Sadowskys. And they all have just a superb fingerstyle tone.