Ohai TalkBass. Haven't posted on here in ages. Anywho.. I have a question about the Toby Deluxe IV and a few other things. I'm currently in the market for a new bass but unfortunately, I'm stuck on a very low budget so this has lead me to look at some cheaper basses one of which being the Toby Deluxe IV for $250. I was able to play it recently (among a few others, none of which I liked as much as the Toby) and I enjoyed the experience quite a bit. It was light and it had a pretty decent sound for such a cheap bass. After this I decided to do some research on it and see what other people had to say about it because I was personally quite impressed with the sound that came out of it. After reading up on it on various sites including reading posts about it on here, I've noticed a lot of mixed opinions on it. I see people say it's a good bass for its money then I see other people saying it's disappointing. While the people saying positive things were usually pretty detailed about what they liked, there didn't seem to be a lot of details on the negatives. One common thing I've seen is a quite a few people saying it's disappointing compared to the old Tobias basses although that seems understandable considering the price difference. I haven't personally seen or played or even heard about the Tobias basses prior to this one so I really wouldn't be able to compare them myself. Anyway.. I suppose what I'm getting at is that I was wondering if it would be possible for some of you who have had experience with the Toby Deluxe IV to express your opinions on what's good and bad about the bass. If you don't like it, what other basses in that price range ($200-$250) are good choices that I should look at? I suppose for that last question a bit of information would be needed. I'm really just looking for something cheap, versatile and, obviously, something that sounds decent (I.e sounds better than my current bass which is a cheapo Jay Turser so that's not hard to do). I like most and try to play all different genres of music. I don't want to limit myself to certain styles which I've had to with my current bass. I know this is probably asking a bit much for my price range but I'm basically looking for the best that fits my criteria in that price range. I'm fully aware that at my price range, it's not going to be the most amazing thing and will likely fall short in some areas. I guess one other quality I wouldn't mind having is being a good base that can be built upon (so basically not bad for modifying). That's definitely not an important aspect, though, since it's not going to be the last bass I ever purchase. I just wouldn't mind to be able to improve it here and there when I have the money (of course, a new amp will come before any modifications). That's about it, I guess. If you need anymore information to better suggest a bass just say so. I've likely missed something that I meant to say just because I'm kind of scatter brained. Thanks to anyone who helps in advance. It's much appreciated!