Just got my new bass... A DeArmond Pro Pilot V... Apparantly they were having a massive sale on 'em down at Sam Ash for some reason for another. Only paid $250 for it, which is pretty damn good, considering the $799 list price. The standard series is something ridiculous like $159, down from $400 something, I believe. Just a heads up, be sure to check your local Sam Ash. On to the bass... I love it! My other bass is a Fretless Jazz, and I have been looking forward to playing a fretted for a while. And, although I was never a fan of more-than-four-string basses, I finally caved in. I don't know why, but the thought of not having to detune anymore just seemed appealing. The wider fingerboard is different, but I'm getting used to it. it's a pretty snappy bass, with an ash body and brushed chrome hardware. The 3 band eq is nice, this is my first active bass. It plays great! I have to tweak the setup a little bit, but otherwise, it's fantastic! A pretty good deal overall. I'm a happy man.