Last night I used my budget brand fretless for a gig (a very nice model none the less) . A vintage v940fl. I also own a Lakland 4402 and modified yamaha trb1005j. I actually had no intention of using the fretless, as I picked up my usual gig bag thinking the Lakland was in there which accidentally had the fretless in. At sound check the other guys and sound guy commented on how well it sounded in the mix. Come gig time, I felt really comfortable playing it and rarely had to tweak any eqs on the bass/ amp/pedals and got a lot of comments after the gig saying how well it sounded and cool it looks. Even the guys in my band said this should be the main gigging bass now. Spent around a grand on both the Lakland and the Yamaha (plus around £400 on its mods on the Yamaha ) and the Vintage cost less than £200..... I'm a little bit peeved to say the least that I've spent good, hard earned money on two quality basses and what I considered a cheap bass only for messing around on... is preferred by my other band members (seemingly the crowd too!!) Sometimes it goes to show you don't have to be a gear snob and there are some cheap gems out there!