Finally got my chance to try a used Hagstrom Viking locally. + Gorgeous! The tobacco burst really is nice. + I really like the short scale and thin neck! Very fast and a pleasure with short fingers. + Price is within budget! +/- Black tapewound strings feel nice and provide thump, but lack any high end altogether. - I only found 1 setting with the 6-position switch that sounded usable. Many of the settings sounded thin and lifeless. - It isn't intuitive what the switch positions are, and I found myself a couple of times with no output in a certain combination of switch position and volume knob setting. I don't know if this bass would "wake up" with different strings or if possibly the 6-position switch is buggy, but as much as I wanted to I just couldn't fall in love with this bass. Kind of like if you had Catherine Zeta-Jones but she had a voice like Edith Bunker. Anyone have any thoughts about whether this is just the nature of the beast, or could it be a diamond in the rough?