Hi all This is an ongoing saga.. I have a factory fretless '71 P (he's called Pietro) which has, over the years, become part of my right arm. The GAS set in a while ago, and I bought a Fretless Tony Franklin to get the benefit of the J pickup. It was lovely, but... I decided I didn't need the J pickup after all. So I sold it straight away and kept my '71. Roll on a couple of years, the GAS has got the better of me again - maybe I do need a J pickup? - so I bought another Franklin. It arrived a couple of days ago. Like the last one, it's absolutely lovely. I'm getting on with the shallow, wide neck better than I did last time, the ebony board is beautiful, and it sounds great. BUT... do I like it enough to part with my beloved 71'? At the moment, I just don't know. Here's some pics: Pretty, isn't it? it makes my '71 look anaemic. I wish they'd tint the necks, though! It's incredibly well made, and a lovely weight. How does it compare to my '71 tonally? Well, here's a couple of clips. These were recorded using my camera's onboard mic. Both basses are strung with ancient La Bella flats, and they have similar action (medium/low). Hit the HQ button if you can - It really brings out the shoddiness of my playing. First up, here's ol' faithful '71. ...and here's Mr. Franklin. It's a longer clip, 'cos I go through each pickup config. P, PJ and J. As you can hear, the solo'd P pickups on each sound very uprighty (IMO). There's a lot of mwaah going on each as well... bear in mind these are ancient flats. With zingy rounds these would sing... especially the J pickup on the Franklin. The J pup on the Franklin adds a huge colour to the tonal palette. So... after all this, am I going to stick or twist? The answer... I don't know. I have a few gigs and rehearsals next week, and I'll do a lot of A/Bing. At the moment, I just don't see how I could sell my '71, especially now I have the Berg cabs. They bring out so much detail that I didn't get previously. The TF may just be passing through. We'll see...!