Ok, all of your "Jacksters". A couple of years ago I had a Casady bass...and I really loved it, in fact I wrote a feature and review on the Casady bass here for TalkBass... but once I fell into the spell of my lovely Godin A series basses, the Casady bass just did not get played too much. I felt bad about that, as I think instruments should be played and not just sit in their cases. I had a student who loved both the sound and the looks of it, and so I sold it to him (at a considerable bargain, at that!). And, ever since, I have kicked myself for parting ways with the Jack. Kept writing myself little post-it notes to "get another Casady". This past week I played some gigs in Northern Calif. and happened to stop into a music store in Santa Cruz....lo and behold there was a Casday bass, used, but in excellent condition (in fact, it is a better constructed, cosmetically, bass than my previous Casady) Needless to say, that bass left the store with me! Damn I just love the sounds this machine makes. A rich and full and pure tone which just cannot be had from other "solid" basses, and certainly not from active electronics. NOt only does it excell at "conventional" bass playing, but it really shines in my sometimes chordally-intensive solo style (but you guys already know this!) I am fullfilled once again, and this time I won't be letting the "Jack" go! Interestingly, this bass is a '98 model, gold-top, but the Vari-Ohm control is mounted reverse from other Casady's I have seen/played (with the dial pointing up rather than down) and the "chicken head" knob is white rather than black. Could this have been a replacement, or have any of you seen or have the same set up? Great to be back with Jack........ Max P.S. I'll chime in on the strings on Jack thing... This one came with D'Addario Chromes Flats on it..nice sound really; deep, robust and smooth. But, I repalced those with TI Jazz Rounds and the bass just absolutely sings! One thing about the Casady is the "fun factor" in playing it. It is som damn fun to play that it actually incites and invites you to play it more. I think that is kind of a rare deal with most production basses, and certyainly sets the Casady apart from the "pack".