I think I just have unrefined tastes compared to many of my fellow TB'ers. Today, I went to my local GC for the first time in a long time, and I saw a sweet HH Carvin neckthrough five string with a flame maple top, gold hardware, and I think an ash body. I know the electronics had been modded. THe GC guys told me the former owner had sent it back to Carvin for different electronics. One old pot space had been covered and it had two dual band pots, I think a passive tone, a volume and pan pot. The bass sounded great! If that bass has Carvin electronics, I sure don't know what the problem is with them at all! The bass is $729, and even my broke butt is imagining what I can sell to buy it!