I'm a lifelong (50 years+) fingerstyle acoustic guitar player. Joined a light rock group that already had lead and rhythm players, but no regular bass player. So, decided to see if I could contribute by changing instruments. Didn't want to spend too much on my "experiment". (Figured I could upgrade later.) Tried foreign-built Fenders, Ibanez, a Schecter, and others. After reading many reviews I settled on a Mango-body Yamaha TRBX-174. Put a set of D'Addario XL Chrome flat-wounds on it, tweaked the setup, and I have to say, for $225 it is (IMHO) a great sounding bass. Just curious to see whether my ears are deceiving me or if others in the forum have made a similar discovery.