I've been thinking about this subject for a while and have decided to just poll the masses. I'll start by saying that I'm a bass mod-type, not for the sake of modding, but just because I believe modding gives you a chance to get exactly what you want in sound as long as you can pinpoint things about your current sound you believe can be better or you just simply have "issues" with your current sound. However, when it comes to trying to sell a bass that's been modded, people often take the default view that the value should necessarily be lower just because the bass has been modded. I've even heard many say that you just have to let a bass be what it is and, if that doesn't work for you, sell the bass and buy one that has the sound you like. Problem is, what if the sound I like is a $12,000 Fodera or something? As you know, many potential buyers shun the notion of paying the regular "market" price for a modded bass. Simply put, unless we are talking about true high dollar vintage or really particular instruments (e.g., Alembics, Ritters), I believe this argument is becoming outdated. In today's age of ready access to information, reviews, sound clips we all love to hear, sites like Talkbass, and the fact that many builders are using the very components we use as the basis for upgrades, I believe the practice of expecting a much lower resale value just because a bass has been modded has become much more gray now. I'll use my Yamaha TRB 5PII as an example. When I consider the premium woods and contruction quality of a $12,000 Fodera or something (not picking on Fodera by the way), I'll put that TRB against many of them construction-wise. Assuming for sake of argument that I like the "$12,000 Fodera sound", I'm 95% there with the Yamaha and many other very nicely-constructed basses. If I decide to tweak the sound to get a sound similar to whatever high-end bass I target, why is that a big deal relative to resale? I guess I'm asking whether you think that the very high prices of boutique basses coupled with the fact that there are so many good aftermarket upgrade components available should negate "traditional" concerns over resale value particularly since, as mentioned, we aren't in the dark any longer about what we are getting into. Have any of you actually sold a modded bass for less than you wanted despite a perception that the buyer and "9 out of 10 people surveyed" would actually enjoy the mod better than the original bass? How many of you have haggled over price due to a mod while all the time knowing you were salivating over the mod?