I once paid $280 for a Fender bass that killed in the studios- just before click tracks came in. I only played with a condescending Bernard Purdie one blessed time. and it was with that killer bass. HIGH action, old old La bella flatwounds, heaviest gauge. The money notes, low E and Low A sounded great. Lots of sustain in a unique way. Neck was V shaped the way string basses were. It was stolen by a man I never forgave. He owned a guitar shop where I left it, and never saw it again. he gave me $280 for it around 1971 0r 2. The thing about the sound was this ( I own a pre cbs sixties jazz now, which does NOT in anyway resemble that punch ) it had an initial drop in volume after the attack, that amounted in my mind to punch, YET it sustained well after the initial drop in volume. genius in my book= Leo Fender. No other bass in my experience does this. That is until I met Paul Jackson ( from Chameleon Headhunter fame a great great player ) and he owns a similar bass as mine. His was maybe a year newer. It had totally different custom pickup from bartolini on it... they said "Hi A" on them- two of them. Here is the thing, I told a fellow bass player about it.. long story he said that drop in volume that I love for punch is essentially solely from the pick up design. ( I guess it was a no name pick up or some type of Telecaster, I really do not know- serial number was #1089 .) If you own it, I guess its yours now, but that was one hell of a bass- engineers loved it - a session guitar player said the low E reminded him of a Piano Strings low low E being plucked- unique sound. Do you agree with his opinion... only the pickup would account for the initial attack as I attempted to describe it? edit: For history buffs I bought it in the East Village from a shop that Dan Armstrong owned. Thanks.