At the end of May I was looking for a good repair shop to have a few tweaks done to my $400 Yamaha BBN5 II bass, whose sound I absolutely love. The frets were not finished the best they could have been, and the two volume pots had almost no sweep to them; they were either on or off basically. So, after a bit of looking, I found: www.guitarboutique.com I picked up my bass on Friday, and all I can say is, Whoa Batman! The frets which felt rough now feel just like my Stingray, the two volume pots were replaced and now I can actually blend the two pups the way they're supposed to and the bass now sounds very close to a P-bass if I solo the neck pup; something it never did before. I also had a bone nut put on and the bass has a much more singing quality to it. Surprisingly, it lost maybe 10% of its extremely aggressive growl, but , has a much more balanced sound overall. It still has growl to spare though. This is the first time I ever had this much work done to a bass at the same time, and set up professionally, and all I can tell everybody is: DO IT! It honestly feels like a new instrument. I mean it really is unbelievable at how much better it plays. now... The money part. Here is the bill exactly as it appears: Cut new nut -------- $85.00 Complete set up ---- $65.00 Replace pots (2x) --- $65.00 2 pots --------------$11.90 Zon strings ---------$ 32.95 Two speed knobs ---- $9.00 NYC tax (8.25%) ---- $22.18 Total ------------- $ 291.03 Now, I really didn't plan on spending this much, in fact I told the guy to put a new nut on almost as I was walking out the door, and that was almost $100 extra. Not cheap, but, if you had played the bass before and after you'd feel and hear the difference. So, I guess this brings us back to the discussion as to whether it's cheaper to buy a less expensive bass and upgrade it, or pay more up front for a higher end model. Well, what do you think? I know some of those prices are a wee bit high, but, the work is first rate. I just put my helmet on. Mike J. P.S. I'm always saying how great Yamaha is, and I still stick by it. I think the fact that a brand new bass needed to have the frets filed and the pots replaced is more of the exception than the rule. In March I bought a Yamaha Telecaster copy and it's 100% fine in every department. Guess I got a bass made on a Monday.