I purchased a Peavey Zodiac DE bass from my local music store three weeks ago. DE stands for David Ellefson, it's a signature model. I suppose that this makes the claim that this is indeed the best bass for metal, but I wouldn't know of such things! I paid $400 for it. It's still new, but the model was last made in 2010 so it could be at least three years old. It came with a canvas shopping bag. Calling it a gig bag is an insult to gig bags; although the big embroidered scorpion may be highly attractive to someone (Ellefson's zodiac sign is Scorpio). When I tried it out in the store I was attracted to it because of the Seymour Duncan P/J pickup configuration. I love my Carvin LB75 for its looks and playability, but lately I have been unhappy with what I would call the "thinness" of the tone. So I've been shopping. Overall, I love the tone and playability of this bass. The neck is thin and feels just right in width to me. Cosmetically, I would have preferred a maple fingerboard instead of the rosewood, but I imagine that would be more expensive to manufacture in Asia. The black color and the chrome pickguard are attractive, but a little too flashy for my tastes. The nut is plastic. The bridge is a straightforward, solid design, but I suspect it is a cheaper cast metal. Fit and finish are good. Overall, for the price it is a solid instrument. I would rather have a better bridge, nut, and perhaps tuners, but then we would have been buying a $1200 bass. The tone is pretty versatile. I am loving the Seymour Duncan pickups. You can get everything from a fat, round Motown sound to an aggressive tone with plenty of mids and highs. BTW, I am using DR Sunbeams for strings and a Mesa Walkabout amp. This is the sound I wish my Carvin had in terms of punch and presence. I think my next target will be capturing this kind of tone in a five string. Maybe new pickups to replace the Bartolinis on my Carvin. Any suggestions would be welcome.