Another month has gone by and am really digging the sound. I have a new set of La Bella Deep Talking 0760M strings on here and love the tone. These are thicker strings which causes more tension (.052 up to .110) than the original set that came on the bass. I was not happy with the sound of the original strings and these really brought out a boomier tone. I also added a ZOOM A-3 pedal ( which is an acoustic model/effect pedal and has an Upright setting and can model the acoustic bass top) - that really bridges the gap to an acoustic upright. I'm quite happy with this instrument.