I got quite a lot of help from TB members with this, so first of all, thanks all! I found a lot of good info doing searches and got some quick replies to questions I posted. My first impression opening the case was "OMG it's GORGEOUS!". The natural finish looks so good in person, the picture below just doesn't do it justice. Playing, I could tell I'll have to play it some to get used to it. My old MIM Jazz Deluxe V has a 34" scale length and this is 35" but that didn't seem to affect me. However, the wider string spacing did. I did several short sessions with throught the day yesterday and I could feel myself adjusting. I was used to more or less anchoring my thumb on the B string of my Jazz and playing like that, but I found that moving my anchor point as I played helped a lot. Don't know if tha't s proper technique or not but it seemed to be working. It's also set up a LOT lower than my Jazz is, not that the Jazz is set up particularly high. However, paying more attention to how I'm playing and using a little bit lighter touch solved the rattling I got when I first picked it up. As I got used to the lower action I again did much better. Now for the sound, tested through my G-K MB150S. First of all, the electronics are very quiet. Second, the tone is simply fantastic. I'm not a tone expert, so I can't compare it a given model of a given manufacturer from a given year but I just love it. The neck Jazz gives me a deeper and clearer tone than the neck pickup on my Jazz. Very nice. I've never played a MusicMan, so I can't realy compare it to a true MM. I like it but noticed that the coil tap switch didn't seem to give me three distinct tones. There's a noticeable difference when I set it for the bridge coil alone, but there doesn't seem to be much of a difference between the setting for the neck coil alone and both coils. Not sure why that is, but I'll pay closer attention to it to see if I just wasn't listening carefully enough. The three way tone controls are very responsive and I was able to get a wide variety of tones using them and the pickup selector. I was never really unhappy or happy with the B on my Jazz, but I rarely used it for the low notes. I generally used it to minimize shifts whhile playing and for that it was OK. The B on the Lakland is fantastic, very clear no matter what note I played on it. I was worried about fret buzz with a big fat B string but it wasn't really a problem, even with the action so low. And the real reason I was looking for a new bass was weight. My jazz weighs about 13.5 - 14 pounds. I weighed the Lakland and it was about 8.5. It feels so much better over my shoulder. So my overall impression from the first day is a very, VERY good one. I originally intended to spend only about $600-$750 on the new bass so I was pretty nervous about spending this much on a bass I hadn't played before buying. It looks like it was money well spent. Assuming this is the keeper (and it looks that way right now) you'll probably see my Jazz go up for sale. It really is a nice bass, but since the Lakland has a Jazz at the neck and I can use the coil splitter to give me a single coil at the bridge I can basically do every on it that I could could do with my Jazz so I'd have no need to keep both. Besides, I sold the idea of spending more than anticipated by telling my wife I'd get rid of it. Anyway, thanks again for all the help you guys gave. I'm thinking I'm going to LOVE playing this bass.