Bought a Jay Turser violin bass in I believe 2005. Enjoyed it a lot for a few years, used it a lot on gigs. That was before I got this Realistic violin bass from 67 or 68. The Realistic just smashes its face into the ground tonewise. Might be a bit of an unfair competition because the Realistic has a bigger body (it's a Matsumoku identical to the Univoxes and Grecos of the 60's minus f-holes) and an overall richer acoustic sound. And the Turser has these two humbuckers without polepieces while the Realistic has cheapo single coils, and the sound is more juiced and noticeably better amplified with the Realistic. Have considered selling the Turser before but it plays really nice and I don't worry about taking it on fly dates, and every now and then I'd like to take it out. But since the Realistic, it's lost its charm. Makes me wonder if the Turser could benefit from different pickups. OTOH, I wonder if the acoustic sound is always going to be a limiting factor that'll make me not like it as much. Is it an aging thing? Should I just wait 40 years before I play it again? Hope not...don't know that I've got that long Anyone out there ever experiment on one of these modern violin basses to improve the tone? Would be quite interested to hear about your experiences.