I have a Westone Thunder 1a, I brought this new in 1985. Played in a band, did a few gigs and then put the bass down in the early 90's and didn't pick it up again till 2012. I started having lessons last year to find out how much I don't know - turns out to be rather a lot. I have no idea what I was doing back in the 80's although at the time other players thought I was pretty good, can't think why. Although inexpensive the general opinion of the Thunder basses appears to be relatively favourable. However, I have heard recordings of slap lines played by my teacher and then me. My bass lacks the bright ringing tones that come from the custom Overwater (yes I know) played by the teacher. I don't think its a playing issue as the lines were simple & I do know how to hit the strings cleanly with my thumb. It's not the strings cos they get replaced regularly. The tone played with my fingers is fine. Is this just a characteristic of it's P bass configuration? I won't sell the Westone but am considering a Squire Vintage Mod Jazz or a Sub 4. Would I notice a difference to the old Thunder?