I received my NYC Vintage 4 last Thursday so it's time to show it off. Basic specs are swamp ash body, spalted maple top, Brazilian rosewood board. Plays great and balances quite nicely. The neck is very fast and minor preamp changes go a long way. I probably shouldn't have spent that kind of money, but now that I've seen it and worked with it, I'm glad I did. It's really a grand bass and I can see why those that have them love them. The question is this. The bass came with an Access hard case which is a very classy and classic case. However, I've been thinking of sending it back for a refund (ok with Kevin) and getting one of the new style SKB cases (like the ones that ship with the new Fenders) instead. I'm looking for the maximum amount of protection I can get without going to a custom built case. Seems to me that the SKB case will weather normal use and offer better protection than the Access. Your thoughts are welcome on this matter.