This is a great piece. It will turn your bass into a keyboard even if you don't have a midi pickup. Of course you can only play one note at a time lead lines. If you want to play chords you will need a midi p/u's. For all you guys that just got a V Bass, you can use this with your p/u and control any keyboard or sound module and instead of being limited to just bass sounds, you can get piano sounds, sax, organ etc. This piece is brand new and includes the box and manual. $400 shipped.