Finally took the opportunity last night to gig with the 95 Zon Legacy Standard 6 pictured below. As some of you may recall, I traded an 00 Musicman Stingray 5 and a little cash for the Zon (thanks, cheezewiz!). The Zon had a few minor setup issues (i.e., missing screw on the control cover and a bad bridge saddle on the C string) that I wanted to fix before I gigged it. Thanks to Joe Zon sending me some screws in the mail and Pete Hanewinckel giving me a Wilkenson saddle (very cool), I had it ready to go last night. The room has been described here before: North Bar in Escondido, CA. Low ceiling, carpet, pool tables, etc. Were set up in the corner on the other side of the room from the bar. Not a bad sounding room, really. Medium/Small. My classic rock trio, The Lost Patrol. Were moderately loud in that room, Id say. I ran though my Epifani T-212 set up vertically with a Crown CE2000 mono-bridged into 4 ohms. Preamp was the Big Fatty, the Kern 777. (Theres a reason why this pre is in such demand and so rarely turns up for sale used. Mercy. Killin tone. Sweet, fat, open and rich.) Im intentionally trying to exercise restraint here and not just rave away about this bass. To call it punchy would be accurate but sort of an understatement! Its almost insanely punchy, in fact. And a top-end that is every bit the equal of my Modulus Quantum 6. That means the absolute best. Slapping cuts through like a surgeons blade. But it sounds quite different than the Modulus, in fact. The Mod has great clarity but its low end is nothing like this Zon. Whew! This thing is a beast, basically. Deep, rich (Im tempted to call it thick) low register, strong, punchy mids and the top-end referred to above. Playability is very good, too. The neck is flatter than the Mod but similar in width and feel. The bass is balanced and medium-weight, didnt bother me at all through 4 sets. I used a wide leather strap and Schallers. I had a new set of DAddario Prisms on the bass, too. This bass strikes me as the perfect antidote for those who complain that Modulus instruments sound sterile (I dont think so, myself) and that graphite necks arent as warm as wooden necks. I have a hard time imagining how this Zon could sound any better! Man, I guess Im calling it perfect. Not really. I could pick nits about the body contour under the right arm not being quite as comfortable as it could be. And some players really wont want this kind of bionic sound; some will prefer a more restrained, woody tone. But all things considered the Modulus just dropped a notch in my arsenal. Great Zon-A-Mighty!