So... my name's Nehama, and I've been doing bass for 45 years... I don't suppose I could kick it now, even if I tried.
I've had some nice basses over the years, Fenders, Steinbergers, Ibanezes, et al. but I like cheap and nasty these days, that way I won't sell 'em when I'm hard up. My current bass is a fret-free Staggberger (that's a Stagg customised with the EMGs from my last Steinberger) modified and set up to perfection by Beej Guitars in Leeds. I use roundwound strings (any brand, I'm not fussy) and play through a Marshall 100 guitar rig. Oh, and my Staggberger is tuned BEAD. I don't use pedals.
I am not a gear-geek, for me it's all about what, how and when you play... if you know what you're doing, you should be able to make any old plank sound good.
The genres I prefer are funk-rock, jazz-funk, reggae and anything with a edge... I don't do smooth (been there, done that, got bored), life's too short.
My motto: happiness is a warm bass :-)