I'm at the point in my playing where getting "that right sound" is becoming important. I've not been too thrilled with the "paino" sound my Yamaha kicks out, no matter what I do with efx or amp models or strings, it's the instrument. I played a Fender MIM zone bass and may get to try out the MIA version *nice* but wondered what else may be out there?? Here's what I am thinking, aside from looking for a fast neck 4 string with active electronics, I am looking for a certain sound, like phat with some growl, good sustain, solid attack, and with a mix of what I call classic J-bass tone. I think I may have found it in the Zone, but wondered what other choices there may be?? Trouble is, the local music store is limited and I am going to have to drive to a major metro area to try a variety.