Firstly just for a bit of background on this bass. This is one of the first basses Nino made under the name Valenti, he made it as an instock item as opposed to his usual custom work. He later sent it to Smash for a review, which is here http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=169312 Here is my initial I've had the bass for a day review http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=191838 Now I've known Nino for about 4 years now, he's helps me find a few basses that were right for me and given me advice on mods and such. I finally got enough money together to buy one his basses and decided that with out a doubt the Silver Valenti 003 is exactly what I wanted. I'm a huge jazz bass fan, and all of my basses have matching headstocks and I'm really into the vintage looks (Except the Pedulla Rapture I have) The only thing I may have added if I'd have had this bass built for me would have been blocks and binding but the more I look at it the less I feel that would be an improvement So I decided to go for it but I added a couple of options to it. Now the original specs were Alder Body Vintage Full Sized Jazz Alder Body Maple Neck w/Pau Ferro Fretboard Inca Silver w/matching headstock Satin Finish on Neck White/Black/white pickguard Nordstrand NJ4 single coil pickups Aguilar OBP-1 2 band Preamp Hipshot HB-1 Tuning Keys Gotoh Quick Release Bridge Chrome Hardware Contoured heel for easier access to the upper frets I had added to it a Hipshot Drop D-tuner Vintage Tone Control Active/Passive Push/Pull Pot Series/Parallel Push/Pull Pot So now the controls are Volume (Push/Pull Series/Parallel) Blend (Wired like the Sadowsky basses are) Vintage Tone Control (Push/Pull Active Passive) Stacked Bass and treble of the Aguilar OBP-1 Pre Amp The came in Nino's usual soft/hard case hybrid same as the sadowsky cases come in, I have to say the case is great I'll be using this while touring comes with lots of storage space. Nino included for me some spare sets of strings as the ones on the bass were a little old. He did offer to change them for me but I kinda like strings that are worn in so I said just send me the set you were going put on it (As cheeky as that maybe) and he did. Great guy. The bass was well packed and arived inperfect condition actually it was intune except for the low e which was half a step out, now you have to remember this bass was shipped from New York, USA to Manchester, UK and it was in tune!!!!!!! The fit and finish is flawless, except as stated the logo you can see the transfer lines around it, but I have been told this has been fixed as this is number 3 and he's now up to number 16 or something. Here are some pictures Now lets move on to sound, this is the first time I've heard nords or the aguilar pre amp and I have to say I'm very happy with both, the nords sound fantastic both active or passive and the s/p switch I have is really useful in completely changing the sound while still being usable. The aguilar is nice but I find I tend to set it and leave it and use the VTC to tweak it more to my liking. I can get nice hi-fi tones if I wish with this bass, I've used it for a little bit off effects based ambience and it worked perfectly for that. I can also get all the great vintage jazz tones I was after, any one who has used nords and aguilar pres knows how godo they sound and Nino's skills just make it even better. A plank of wood with nords in may sound great but it still plays like a plank of wood. This valenti is one of the best basses I have ever played. Overall it is an excellent combination and I've played this bass the most over the past couple of weeks, I really really love it. Nino has been so helpful as well, as I left the standard knobs on and the stacked one isn't the same, I wasn't sure on the looks when it arrive, I knew I liked it but I just thought its could be a little better, so he offered to send me the matching ones for FREE, but the looks have grown on me and I prefer the standard jazz knobs. So I hope some people find this reviews useful, Cheers for reading this massively long post.