Two weeks ago, I won a Carvin off of Ebay. Unfortunatley, I was off that weekend, so I didn't get to try it until this past weekend. Wow is what I have to say. I've always played what I would consider "mid-grade" instruments, and I finally know what it's like to gig with a top-end bass. My playing was so defined, whether I was doing some finger-style runs, slapping, or picking. The low end is so tight, and the mids are so smooth. Both my guitarist and soundman loved how it sounded on Saturday. The best part is how quiet the electronics are. The bass I was using before has a VERY noisy preamp, but the Carvin's preamp is whisper-quiet. I know that a lot of people here don't like Carvin's electronics, and I can understand why - You're not going to listen to an album and say, "Hey, that's a Carvin," the same way it's easy to pick out a Rickenbacker or a Warwick. What the Carvin tone does do is produce a very "piano-like" sound that sets well in the mix. I found that the bass has a lot of natural highs in its timbre, which I think's a good thing. I'd rather have an instrument that has a lot of something in its timbre, because I can then just cut out what I don't want rather than try to boost something that isn't originally there. Anyways, I'm quite enamoured with the bass, and can't wait for this Saturday. I know that the soundman we're using this weekend is really going to love the Carvin.