I'm of course going to make up my own mind, or more likely hesitate until the bass in question is sold and so avaoid having to decide, but I'd like some opinions. I currently have (among several other basses) a black Mouradian CS-74. I've had it for a long time, and I'm very fond of it. Before I got it, I had wanted one ever since Yes' 90125 days, so finding an affordable one was something of a victory for me. Recently I came across an early, passive Tobias. Ever tried out a bass and have it say "TAKE ME HOME!"? I've wanted a Tobias since the 80's. It's not exactly affordable, I'd have to sell something to get it, and the Mouradian is seeing the least use. What do you think? Some particulars: The CS-74 is in very good shape, some super fine scratches in the black paint and a couple dings. It's perhaps my favorite body style ever. Plays better than anything, rests comfortably at the perfect angle or playing, nice small neck. The rarity appeals to me too, I like having unusual gear. On the other hand, while it sounds quite good, there really isn't much of a place for its sound in my "toolbox" as it were. Since I got my Alembic it has only been a backup bass. Another quibble is that it has less than 24 frets, so even as a backup bass I cannot play all my songs exactly the same, I do go that high in places. Sure I could hit the note somewhere else, but it'd be easier not to have to adjust. Also, it has dot markers on the fretboard. I am not a fan of dots. The Tobias has a wonderful neck. Unmarked fretboard. It's a translucent stain, not my choice for a finish but it looks OK. In very good condition, obviously well cared for. I generally prefer the flexibility of active electronics, but this bass is fine without them. Where the CS-74 is tonally in the similar territory as my Alembic, this is completely different. It's all about the midrange. Can't get a "scooped" sound with just a passive tone knob, but my amp does have EQ if need be, and as it wouldn't be my only 4 string I could just use it for the songs needing its voice. It would fit perfectly in my "toolbox." I cannot see any way to afford it without selling something. Would you, and do you have any idea what it would be worth? I'm thinking I'll regret parting with it, but also regret not getting the Tobias. Ugh.