The deals are out there. I snagged this '78 today as a beater / project bass. It was not expensive. I already have the "vintage Fender thing" taken care of ('61 P) and I'm playing primarily Wal basses. Anyhow, the finish checking is quite wild on this bass which lends to the super mojo, and besides - it kept calling to me. This has 3-bolt, microtilt, bucket seats and all that fancy "modern" (eg. CBS) and undesirable stuff on it. The strings looked pretty old; perhaps original too. I knew it played horribly. I spent quite a bit of time annoying everyone in earshot with it and ... wow - it REALLY sounded dismal. The strings must have been on 10 different instruments previously and boiled as many times. The guage was supremely heavy, and the resultant "thud" would have made James Jamerson proud but for the fact that it was decidedly unmusical. Off home and down to the basement to check through my used sets of strings! Now armed with a well-used set of Slow-Wounds and my trusty hex wrenches I set to work. Actually, setting this bass up was a breeze. The "bullet" thingy makes for fast neck adjustments compared to my "vintage" P. It wasn't long before the strings were on, the neck and intonation were properly adjusted and this bass is playing like a dream. I can imagine how much this instrument might have fetched with even the most rudimentary attempt at a setup. The neck is now very fast and the old electronics sound great with a halfway decent set of strings on there. I don't think I'm going to change anything else... at least not just yet. This bass definitely has "the vibe". It might actually see some use. This bass exemplifies why so many folks still love the old (or not so old) Jazz basses.