modded for crystal clear audio. That is better than any emulator and better than the vast majority of the good model 1 and model 2 variants out there.
And the difference in bass can be adjusted via your amp's EQ settings. Personally I use +2 bass and +/-0 for high and mid frequencies.
The VA7 you have is the only variant of the model 1 that can be modded for crystal clear audio, so that should be worth something, don't you think ?
@Ace: Thank you so much for this guide. It helps a lot to determine which variants are good and which are moddable
@TmEE: If it's the VA0 I sent you, please keep in mind that it's VERY likely that I mixed up the shells with the one of another model 2.