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I don't want to have several basses, and I don't think I'll need to. This one feels balanced, plays great, and I love the body. I got rid of the G, bought a low string on eBay and am running it A E A D.
Needed an active bass without dropping $1K. Found this guy online with decent reviews. After some minor adjustments (adjusted truss, new flats), this thing is a beast. Holds tune very well and resonates like crazy. I use this bass for drop D tuning and it withstands everything I throw at it. For $300, you get the MM Stingray's little brother.