I purchased this beauty a few days ago in Moscow, Russia. The bass is in a mint, almost new condition, and am loving it to death! The tone of this bad girl is UNREAL...!!! Downright rude with a very nasty attitude. Perfect for the heavier rock I am used to play. Do not really understand why the Blacktops have experienced so little love. Yes, not as versatile as the one or the other active bass. Maybe one can even say, a "one trick pony". Okay. But this one trick she masters perfectly!