Making the drive and trying a bass out in person is a much safer bet than buying something through the mail and being stuck with whatever you get, even in the case of fairly predictable basses like Shens.
The bass in Lansing has been on the market for some time. I was considering buying it for myself until I came across the Shen Willow Rogeri I bought over the summer.
John Sprague from CSC Products in Rochester (Shen's importer for many years) told me it was an early-production model similar to the current SB-300 that was probably sold through the retail shop Shen operated before he moved back to China to personally oversee production in his facility.
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