just gotta gush about my new bass, traded for it w/ tb'er lamarjonz. it's a matt pulcinella level 5, bubinga body/maple neck/rosewood board equipped w/ a lightwave optical pickup. acoustically, the bass sounds huge. low notes resonate loudly and sustain for days, and the highs are crisp but smooth. plugged in, its taken some creative eq'ing to get a sweet sound; the lows and low mids on this bass are really huge, and need a bit of cut to get an even tone. nonetheless, after playing around w/ it for a bit, the bass thru my big amp (swr 500 and 2x15) was massive, earth shaking, my guitar player hated it. its really warm and full fingerstyle; turnign up the piezo blend and adding a little treble for a slap tone and its really fat and full, the highs are super smooth. it's heavy, heavier than my stingray five at least, but balances very well and hasn't hurt my back yet. the lvl 5 is a nice alternative to the brighter tones i've been using w/ my stingray and grendel. i initially wasn't to keen on the fingerrest, purely from an aesthetic standpoint, but i'm really liking it now from a technique perspective: its so much easier and i think my playing is more consistent having a uniform surface to rest my thumb on, rather than shifting from pickup to pickup. the low b on this bass is incredible, simply the tightest best sounding b string i've found on any bass yet, no #$%. i'm stunned, now i might actually use the b string as much as the others. i emailed matt pulcinella before i got it; he says he wasn't too happy w/ it and won't make another. frankly, i can't find any flaws at all in the fit and finish, its a wonderfully constructed bass; its playability is top notch, the neck isn't rough on my small hands. the only tweaking is eq'ing it properly and adding a bit of compression when amplified and it sounds tasty. i'm pleased.