So I walk into the jersey guitar & bass center so my pal can check out some Heritage Les Pauls and start fiddling with the several Bongos they have on the wall. No, I didn't get a Bongo. Yet. Next to me, purched up against an amp is a red sparkly 5-string Curbow. I start to play it. I like it. Feels a lot nicer than the other Cort I bought 2 weeks ago. Doesn't scare me like the other Cort I bought 2 weeks ago. Feels and sounds a lot more MM like. I ask how much. $300. I ask if he'll take $250. We settled on $275. I have a new baby. I was playing it for hours last nite while I was watching my cat projectile vomit all over my pillows and sheets. It was great! This is the noisiest freaking bass I've ever played though. What's up with that? It has a Bartolini and active 3 band electronics. I thought active=quiet??? I guess me thought wrong. Any suggestions on fixing it? The bass is well sheilded and it's not a ground thing. Also - Anyone want to buy a Cort 5-string with a jazz and MM PU? The MM pickup sounds great, jazz is fer crap, it has wide string spacing, good action, and it's brand new - 2 weeks old, not even a belt nick yet. I paid $220 (which was a great deal). I'd be willing to let it go for $150. Any other thoughts on Cort, Curboows or life welcome.