I've ordered a Thompson RM-200 (the hybrid model). Should be here mid January! Steve at String Emporium is leaving for China tomorrow to actually go work at the shop. He was very helpful over the phone. Just like another reviewer, he didn't really down talk other basses, but he did give me the 4-1-1 on why his would be just as good if not better than the others in my price range. (Shen) He takes a lot of pride in his craft, which is something I really appreciated. I felt after talking to him that he is a musician/bassist 1st and salesman 2nd. Which is how it should be. IMO. Anyway. When it comes in. I'll post again with how it plays. Admittedly, I'm a novice on upright . so who am I to really have an opinion =) Take it for what it's worth!