My first Bass was a Yamaha 360.. a 4 String passive model that I played in the shop and had to buy. After a year or two I began to improve (I could hardly get worse now could I!), and decided that in order to play some of my more Progressive tastes in music - Dream Theater etc, I would need at least 5 strings. So i set off round the music shops, and found that the 4 string I owned came with an extra string, and active controls! After a quick faint and a very long Jam I haggled my way to a purchase. From the RRP of £465 I got the shop down to £300 with a pedal trade-in or two, and the 765A was mine. I've had it two years now and still adore it. The range of tones - from guitar like snap to deep Bassy smoothness - is astonishing, and the extra scale length (it's a 35") really brings out the low B string. It's been versatile for all sorts of music: Prog, Jazz, Rock, and just random sunday afternoon noodling. Most people have their own ideas on what bass they want. I'd just like to say that if you're thinking of a mid-price active bass, then look no further.