Calling all Vox Apollo IV owners! Here's the story: My wife knows that I'm a big fan of Paul Bryan (bassist/producer for Aimee Mann) and has heard me talk about that lovely sound that he gets with his Vox Apollo for years now. So long-story-short, she decided to surprise me this X-mas and buy me my very own! It is however in need of a setup...in particular these gawdawful tapewound strings have GOT to go. But in general this is a really quirky instrument to say the least, and I have some questions for those in the know: 1.) My bass has a metal nut (brass? aluminum? mystery metal?). Was this standard for the Vox basses? 2.) What exactly is the function of the "Treble/Bass Boost" and it's corresponding knob? To me it sounds like as you turn it clockwise it cuts treble whilst boosting bass, and does the opposite counter-clockwise. 3.) What type of strings do you have success with? I was thinking that the Labella Hofner strings would be fine. It's the same set that I have on my Hofner Club and they sound/feel great. 4.) What type of set up do folks use on these? With my Hofner, I use very low relief on the neck and high action at the bridge. I know it's all a matter of personal taste, but figured it couldn't hurt to get some opinions. 5.) Does anybody happen to have a copy of the original Vox manual/brochure (if one ever even existed)? 6.) From what I've heard and read, I was expecting the pickup to have fairly high output, comparable to my Hofner. But the output is actually slightly lower than the PUPs on my P-bass. Any thoughts here? Could it be partly the fault of these hideous tapewound strings? Or is the high output an internet myth? 7.) I've also read that the electronics are active. Does it require a 9v battery? In general, if anyone has any tips for how to better approach this exceptionally quirky instrument, please post on here. I'd love to hear your thoughts. Challah!