The bass guitar has undergone some serious changes over the last 60 years or so. Fender Precision bass is the Model A of basses. It was the blue print for everything to come then and after. Some people still swear by it. It's sound is legendary.
Then, in 1969 Alembic changed the game by inventing active electronics. This was the Rolls Royce of basses.
Enter 1996 and the start of the Peavey Cirrus designed by Rich Lasner. It came into full production in 1998. It had elements of MTD and others maybe but it was it's own bass and now all "active" basses copy it's layout of volume, blend, bass, mid, and treble controls onboard.
The Cirrus was made in the USA shop until the mid 2000's. The wood choices are all high end tonal woods that also look beautiful. The pickups have microchips in them and there is also an 18v preamp. Two soapbar pickups placed in a way give a modern tone. No dead spots anywhere on the neck. Two full octaves. Thin neck, Tear drop shape neck fits in your hand like it is a part of you. Neck thru design, with a s limited run of 34" bolt ons, otherwise standard is 35" scale.
Edit - 4 string bolt ons are 34" scale. 5 & 6 string are 35" scale.
Translates excellent to both live and recording studio purposes. This is a professional bass guitar 100%. It can hang with its counterparts costing 5 times it's price, and even come out on top. The Peavey Cirrus is literally the best production bass ever made for the best possible price. When it was being designed Hartley Peavey said nobody would pay over $1,000 for a Peavey bass. The world is glad he was wrong. Now in 2019, a pre-owned USA model sells on the used market for under a grand. An absolute bargain. The sound is crystal clear, dead silent, even sound across all strings, and easy to play. At 8.5 lbs it can be played at any 4 hour gig with pleasure.
If you haven't had the chance to try a Peavey Cirrus, then please do so. You will not stop smiling and it will make you a better player.
'06 Peavey Cirrus CS (custom shop)
I bought this (used) earlier this year, and it's from when Peavey was in their heyday of making custom Cirruses, in Mississippi.