I think Cort gets a bit of a bad reputation(possibly because they aren't as well known comparative to other budget priced instruments). I like the low cost Yamahas. They are very well made and have good tone. I don't think Cort falls off much at all though. Especially when you get to the next level up(B4, B5 series). I have one, and its a fantastic bass. Light weight, resonant, and easy to play. I recommend you check them both out first.