About a year ago I was talking to my instructor about something I've been doing in my lessons. I've always played fives but, just to force myself to think differently about the neck and to play in different positions than I was used to, I was intentionally not using the B string. In other words, I was playing exercises and assignments only the the E-A-D-G strings. So after doing that for a while, I decided to get a cheap 4 string just to simply get more comfortable playing a four. I ended up finding a cheap Tobias Toby Pro in a pawn shop. I was surprised how light and comfortable it was to play compared to my fives, plus it was something different from the basses I've always owned (I'll call them classic models, my other current basses are a Stingray, a Precision, and a Jazz, go ahead, call me a boring old fart if you want to
). So I bought it. The electronics were kind of scratchy, but the luthier I go to has been talking up Audere preamps for a long time so when I found a good deal on a 4-band here on TB I bought it and had that installed.
Then, for a variety of reasons, I hardly played that bass at all in the past year. It's not that I didn't like it, but I was always in the habit of grabbing my fives. And, to be honest, it was also out of some laziness because it was harder forcing myself to play in different positions than I'm used to on my five (the real reason I play fives is the added positional options available to me).
For the last couple of weeks, I decided to go back to the Tobias for my lessons and use that one for a while. I'm really kicking myself for not doing that all along. It really does feel nice in my hands, the neck is really comfortable, it's really lightweight, the build quality is fine, it's set up VERY low and easy to play with a light touch (something else I'm trying to do in my practice), and the Audere I put in sounds amazing and has a ton of tonal variety. I haven't seen much info on the Toby Pros here on TB, but most of the little info I found was pretty negative. I realize it's not a $3000 MTD, but for a cheapie I bought in a pawn shop I'm really enjoying playing it. Who cares what other people here think, I'm liking it a lot more than I did initially. Here she is:
So who else has a cheap, low rated, or little known bass they didn't really pay attention to in the beginning, only to find out how much they really liked it?