Hi all, Thanks to all your input to previous post (and a few trip to stores around here). I've narrowed down the choice of my first bass between a BTB-400QM and a Spector NS2000Q4. Does a flat "EQ" really convey the "true" tone of the bass or is it impossible, when you have active preamp, to really hear the tone of the underlying piece of wood PURE? Here's why I ask: When trying the Spector with EQ flat I found the sound "full" and relatively "thick" with neck pickup and very bright but not shallow with the bridge. (All of this leaving the EQ flat) When I a/b the BTB-400 the sound (with flat eq) was kindda hollow (not thin) but not really full. HOWEVER as soon as I touched the bass knob and played a little bit with treble (not even touching mid) the tone came to life and became REALLY impressive. I returned to the Spector, which has a simple 2 band EQ to "test" the tone shaping. The tone could definitively be shaped too, although not as drastically as with the BTB, and it was always musical and mostly "full". Can I or should I compare the tone with flat EQ? Does my very basic (and dumb) test really means that the Spector (at least its wooden part) is WAY better quality and build than the BTB??? Thanks again for any input. P.S. Yes in the end I let my hand and ear decide just like to know the true potential of each of these basses.