Mr. Valenti was nice enough to send me one of his basses to demo. I got the blue P-Bass that can be seen here: http://www.valentibasses.com/instock.htm He knows I've always been a fan of P-Basses, and blue basses, so I'm glad I've had the chance to give this one a spin. I'll write some more when I have a little more time later in the week, but so far I really like it. I'm a big fan of the alder/rosewood/tone cut P-Bass thump, so the ash/maple thing is new to me. Before he shipped it to me, Nino asked if I wanted a passive tone control added, but I declined because I figured we could predict what that would sound like. But if you're interested in one of these, Nino's told me that he can have it set up with volume/passive tone (with preamp defeat)/stacked bass and treble. I think that'd be an ideal combination that wouldn't get in the way of the P-Bass' inherent simplicity. The Nordstrand NP4 pickup sounds great! I had one in a Celinder P that I sold, but I've always been a fan of the way these pckups provide that classic P-Bass tone: complex and deep in the lows and low mids and smooth and sweet in the highs. Everything on the bass is put together very well, with obvious attention to detail. As I said, I'll write more soon. But as of now, I think this is an excellent way to get a customized bass of very high quality at a reasonable price. Good job Nino!