ok, i have managed to tee a couple of people off. you see, i have started to sell or trade this bass about 3 times now, and somehow, i have not been able to bring myself to it.. once i actually shipped it out and the guy returned it. call it divine intervention. so tonight, since it was a monday, and only one show, i took it in to play it. i warned the sound guys that there was going to be a different bass in the mix.. i used my little boss bass eq box to even out the signal from my usual, lower output F bass ( which i absolutely love ) by keeping the eq flat, but reducing the gain. i matched it pretty close. i monitor myself thru very good headphones. so, this bass kicked my butt so hard i had a smile the whole time i was playing! the tone was just killin' - clear as a bell and punchy as all. the j retro deluxe pre and Dimarzio ultra jazz combination is a winner for me, the block inlays made it easy to get around in the darker bandstand. I am so glad i still have this bass, it's got some magic going for it, that's for sure! just wanted to vent my excitement, i have a feeling it's going to get quite a bit more game time.