Woohoo! Yesterday, I finally got around to sprucing up the Steinberger XM2A I picked up a few weeks back. The wife and I have been out of town much of the last few weeks for a family emergency, and I've been wanting to get this done. I completely disassembled the bass, cleaned and lubed the bridge, and replaced one of the jaws with a heavyduty replacement. While I had the bass apart, I hand polished the body with Meguiar's No. 5 New Car Glaze, a favorite of the Ric crowd. Now it really sparkles! The big job was gutting the original HBs and Haz Labs tone board for a newer set of EMG-HBs (with quick-disconnect) and a EMG-BTC at 18V. It only took about an hour working slowly, but was interrupted by a trip to the store for a long stereo jack. Luckily they had one, so I didn't have to hot-wire the power circuit! Jobs like this make me appreciate my cordless pencil iron. Result: it looks better (spooge no more), plays great and sounds fantastic! IMO, the BTC is much closer to my idea of a usable tone circuit than was the HAZ Labs. Blew my guitarists mind last night when I showed up with the XM in a Strat gig bag (yes, it fits!), and he raved about the tone. I suspect I'll sell off the original guts - the nice thing about the way Steinberger did the electronics was how you could break it all apart at the connectors without cutting wires or unsoldering, so it's ready to reinstall. I'm a happy boy!