I must have spent a good year researching my ideal bass, and a trip to Denmark street, London found me the answer. Fortunately, by working for a Yamaha supplier at the time, Yamaha provided a great service and even got me a great deal for a brand new bass that wasn't even made when I ordered it. It's taken a serious beating over the years, but still remains my most reliable and treasured possession.
That is a good instrument for its price. It kinda has a modern tone. Passive pickups with active preamp circuit. I don't like to crank the preamp up. I like it quiet and clean. Strings are a little closer than some other 6 string bass guitars but still a good instrument completely.