First time poster, long time lurker. I scored what I think was a pretty sweet deal on a fully carved Roma 396 a couple of days ago. I was able to find out quite a bit about Roma due to the amazing resource that is talkbass (thanks talkbass community!). From what I read, Romas were made in Romania with wood shipped from Germany--a deal orchestrated by the late owner of Ideal Music in NYC, as part of an elaborate plan to exact revenge against a Czechoslovakian trade organization. (You could not make this stuff up.) Time passed, the vengeful instrument importer died, and his son (already retired himself and not interested in taking over the business) was left to empty a huge warehouse full of basses and other musical instruments. He decided to sell everything at firesale prices (including many Romas) until finally emptying his inventory sometime in the late 2000s. Whew...I think I got that right...it's WAY more information (and drama) than I thought I'd find about this thing! Mine is a model 396 fully carved 3/4. It needs a visit to a luthier for a good overhaul, but I already like the warm low end and mellow highs. It's got a bevel on the fingerboard between the E and A which will take some getting used to (or not--might need to change that). Inside the body, there is a Roma sticker with the model number, and a Hammond Ashley sticker dated Aug 1996. I plan to play mostly pizz jazz with it. So far, I like it! Anybody familiar with these basses? Any idea of their general reputation or how much they might be worth?