Thank you All for the very interesting comments.
I have been shooting RAW since I switched to digital in 2003, however every day is a good day to learn something.
I have had the istD, K200, K5, K3-ii, and now I have the K1-ii: it is the first time I notice such a difference between Jpeg [bright] and RAW, with the Pentax-like base curve.
I know that you have to do your homework, and that’s the fun part, if you want, but still I thought that maybe something was wrong somewhere.
Many of you cite filmic as opposed to base curve, this is totally new to me, and I must investigate.