The picture attached is of my Moses Custom Jazz Bass. It has a Passive Bartolini MM4 pickup at the neck and a Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder Jazz pickup at the bridge. It has schaller tuners, a deluxe string through body bridge. The body is off a Modulus VJ (Alder) and the neck is a Moses Jazz. Heres the deal, my bass cost plenty. It then arrived off the mighty ebay with a crack in the neck at around the 21st fret. Being graphite, this was no huge deal - it keeps perfect stability and can be repaired. I spend $300 geting the bass repaired, the frets dressed, fully set up and the electrics checked. With this exception, the sum of the parts should be on a par with a Modulus VJ, and in fact, I think it was better than most VJs I've tried. I'm discovering, much to my horror, that I must just be an ash-maple bass kind of guy. The bass will do anything, it has punch, clarity, growl and miles of sustain. Yet it doesn't sound like MY bass. I've spent a serious amount of time wondering if my problem is I always want something else and now I'm not sure. I've investigated getting Villex pickups put in to see if that finds the distinct character I need but then, if that doesn't work, I'm out of ideas and certainly out of money. I want a bass that has it's own voice. This one seems to have hundreds. What would you do if you were me? Would you, a) Get the Villex pickup system. These work so well on Modulus it may be the missing ingredient. b)Sell the bass and use the cash on something ash. (If anyone in Australia has any ideas on what this is worth, your input would be appreciated!) Modulus VJs cost $4400 Australian new over here but I'm trying to be sensible. Is it worth $1800? $2000? c) Learn to love the bass. Am I thinking that at the price I paid, that it should be the holy grail? d) Go trade it at a local store for something expensive and shiny. Music stores over here are pretty starved for decent gear. e) Trade it on Talkbass with a Modulus lover? f) Go nuts. Get a vintage ash body, villex pickups and put it all together? It's a big series of questions! I'd appreciate any help. I think I've analysed this bass to the point of insanity. Anyone been in this position before with an expensive purchase? What did you do?