The Fed Ex man delivered my new BB415 today and I thought I'd throw out some first impressions and see if anyone else has played any of the new BB's. I owned a BB1600S that I bought new in 1985 and jumped at this new BB hoping it measures up to the 80's bass. Does it?????? So, initial impression is that the color, weight and body shape are better than expected. Mine is the wine to black burst and it is well done, showing some grain of the alder. Fretbaord inlays are cool, a nice step up from previous BB's. The paint is perfect, no imperfections that I can see. Weight is around 9 pounds. Build quality on initial playing is excellent but maybe not quite as smooth as the 80's models. The edges of the neck and fret edges are a tiny bit rough, not as perfect as I'd hoped but an easy fix. I am very pleased with the neck profile, I had a BB605 and the neck was a bit chunky for my taste like a P-bass, the BB415 has a more modern profile, thinner at the nut. The back of the neck is flat finished not laquer, a nice touch. The harware is nice, tuners seem solid, the bridge also solid and the B-string saddle is a bit longer than the other strings giving the B about a 1/2 inch longer scale. Pickups look like the old BB's. Now for the tone. I only played it once so far through an Eden CXC112 combo, but was very pleased. The P/J combo sounds just like you would expect with each pichup soloed, nice and big when both are on. I like the toggle switch for pickup selection. The passive electronics are clean, but buzz a little on the J pickup soloed if you get close to the amp. B string is better than I exprected, just as loud as the other strings, not floppy, excellent, maybe just a touch below in quality the 55-01 IMHO. Overall, for $450, a tremendous buy and I'd highly recommend it to anyone. Quality is maybe not quite as high as on the 80's BB's but the tone is right on it. Lakland 55-01's and MTD Kingstons should also be considered in this price range and the BB wins out if your looking for the old school tone. Anybody else????