I know that most of the folks here are probably going to scoff at this but I think that I'm going to pick up a mid 60's Harmony Hi-Value hollowbody bass. I found several at a shop and dinked around on them. They sound so close to a standup bass, real thumpy and deep, really lo-fi. I'm sure they have to original flatwound strings on them. As it turns out I went to one of the local blues jam sessions and the main bass player was using one of these. He had great tone that really worked with the music. I talked to him at the break about his bass. He said that he just loved it. As it turned out he begged me to get up and play a set. I got a little lost on it since it's a short scale and has no fret markers on the side of the fretboard, but I managed. I also found that you have to play close to the pickup to get that tone. Does anyone know much about these other than they were cheap originally?