I got my First Generation V7 in a trade around November last year with Stingray69. I let go of my Ibanez TMB605, a very nice bass, but I was happy to get my hands on a decent active Jazz at a low cost. I always liked the bass, but I am prejudiced against complicated preamps, and I figured I needed a better bass like with a two band preamp. I got a SB5000, and it is a great bass, but my Sire has just grown on me. I got used to the preamp, and although the neck is chunky, it is comfortable in a Stingray 5 sort of way. To be honest, if I only had my Sire V7 and my Pedulla, I would be happy. I know I am always posting and lusting over expensive basses, but I had a great time this evening practicing minor scales and classic Stevie Wonder (off topic, I heard on Sirius radio that Mr. Wonder is on dialysis.) I was playing my Sire with rounds and my Peavey Fury with Cobalt Flats, having a Ball! Both of those basses play and sound perfect!