I've been playing an MTD Kingston Heir and a Michael Kelly Club Deluxe 5, strung E-c, and I wanted to find a two-octave fiver with E-c tuning, mainly for jazz; a fellow TBer recommended the Ibanez Volo. When I found one used for a reasonable price, I ordered it. I have been looking for a fiver to replace the MTD as an all-round instrument, to use opposite my fretless archtop. I'm impressed by the design, and the build quality is quite good, too, given the price ($1000 new). The frets are not flush with the sides of the neck; they could be smoother. It's a nicely balanced bass, standing or sitting, although a little divey sitting. The fingerboard does not impress me, but we'll see how it goes once it's been oiled -- it seems dry. The electronics are very intuitive. The bass control adds so much bottom that full-on is more than my 12" Eden can handle. The treble control adds real sweetness along with the edge. The midrange switch works nicely -- good voicing. The bass is not too heavy, and the body is fairly small. This bass has two features that are new to me. It's a neck-through. This I love -- lots of ease working in the upper register. It also has a ramp, and I find I don't mind this at all. I can dig in close to the neck and then use the ramp for passage work and quicker stuff. We'll see how I like it in a week or two. But so far, this bass seems to have a lot to recommend it.