I finally REALLY sat down with a couple. I never really tried them for long before because of the weight and the necks. When I had my deal with Warwick I had two FNA Jazzman 5er's. They had the MEC "Musicman" Pickup and a J in the neck position. I was never a real big fan of the MEC pickups and when I used the "MEC MM" pickup it was just dark sounding to me. That is a big function of the Warwick wood combinations. Mostly the Wenge fingerboards. So when I had them I use that pickup split to a single coil. About a week ago I went and sat for a while and played two of them. One was a standard MM and the other was an MM/J. Holy crap do I like the tone of the MM pickup. WOW! Nothing dark about this one. Extremely punchy, great midrange, growly and surprisingly deep. I was really blown away. I played them through a DB750 and a DB410 cab. This is the first time that I felt I got enough midrange from the DB750 and that it didn't sound overly wooly. To me the EBMMSR had the exactly midrange I always felt the DB750 (and my DB659 pre) lacked. I still can't stand the weight (one was about 10 lbs.) and the round, narrow neck. Spacing is just too tight. And though the price is very low (to me), I won't buy an EBMM I am going to borrow a EBMM SR 5er this next week and see if I really want that pickup config. I have already talked to Nino about one bass but I need to play a Valenti first. If it is as good as everyone says and is really close to the feel of my Sadowsky's it may end up being two Valenti basses.