Getting a better tone? Work at it. Pays off in dividends. Not everyone's best (and consequently, signature) work came from matching what you hear on your favorite records. I've always felt it was a personal affair, meaning the passion involved was what had that "soul" we all chase after. I'm a little drunk, but hear me out. The only reason I found this forum is because I was just getting into audio, and I heard Testament's Formation of Damnation. I wanted to learn the engineer, to learn how he crafted such a work of art. I could not ever copy what he has done, but I use Andy as inspiration, just like I do Ermz and Joey. How am I supposed to better myself if I don't learn anything? How are any of us going to get anywhere if we don't try?