Hi everybody, I'm a forum newbie typing all the way from Dublin Ireland. Hmm you people are probably in bed... I have a question about Rickenbacker basses. I'm considering buyng one and was wondering if they have suffered the same reduced quality due to corporate corner-cutting and marketing complacency over the years. For example are Rickies from the 70s/80s built to a higher standard than today? Are the up-dated pick-ups on modern Rickies still capable of that charactaristic sound? Any opinions backed up by experience would be appreciated. By the way I play a four string fretted and a five string fretless Zoot bass built by Mike Walsh of Iceni music.