Thi is probably more for the UK TB'ers but you never know.... I am one of the forgotten underclass in society ie, a left handed bassist, so my choices are fairly limited unless I order 1 in without having played it. A friend of mine recommended a shop that always has nice 2nd hand stuff so I went to have a look. I was shocked....TWO lefties & one of them was a Rickenbacker! I figured, if it's good enough for Cliff Burton, it's good enough for me. Unfortunately I found the tone quite weak, sorry Cliff, & didn't think it'd cut it in our 3 piece slow, heavy rock band. So I tried the other bass. It looked hideous (kind or orange/red) & when I picked it up it weighed a ton! Checked the back to see if it was active or passive. It had TWO 9v batteries in it. Plugged it in & the power was incredible & with 6 knobs you could really mess around with the tone. Guy in the shop said it was custom made in England by Steve Ryder, I think. I checked their website but there was much info on anything. I didn't buy it because I didn't know anything about them (reliability, how easy it is to fixed-especially if it's a custom with so much electrics in it) & the weight. Would probably make a great studio bass but not sure if I'd get use to the weight or sick of it. Anyone know anything about them?