I just bought a Pulcinella Level 5 from Matt Pulcinella. It was his own bass for the past few years, transparent white, birdseye maple/ash. It has passive Aero pickups in wood covers. It arrived yesterday. UPS had managed to punch two holes in the box, but the bass and case are fine. Its a very nice bass. I put Schaller straplock buttons on it, and lowered the action a bit, and it plays and sounds great. The balance on a strap is terrific, as advertised, and it weighs about 8 lbs. Nice pieces of wood! And it has the sound I was looking for nothing like single-coils. FWIW, my usual rig is an Avalon U5 + Stewart World 1.2 + pair of 1x12 cabs (either Bergantino or Epifani), and the Level 5 with Thomastik jazz flats sounds plenty punchy through this rig. I have been playing since 1968, and have only had active basses for the past 3 or 4 years. Im going to keep an active bass around (Lakland 55-01 w/Sadowsky preamp), but I really only play one bass at a time, so the Level 5 is what Ill be using 99% of the time. I have a couple of gigs this weekend and am looking forward to them and will report back.