I had a chance to play one of these over the weekend. I was highly, highly skeptical of the inflated price tag. An SR5 with extra bells and whistles but essentially a production SR5, right? Plus, I am a "late 80s-early 90s" Musicman snob; the new models just haven't really done it for me and frankly seem cheaper to me than the old ones. So I fully I expected to be disappointed. although I was curious. That was my mindset when I grabbed the 20th Anniv. off the wall. My God was I wrong! This is hands down one of the coolest, best sounding 5 strings I have ever played, in any price range. It is much, much better than a production SR5. More resonant, deeper, punchier, notes sustain longer. But the biggest difference for me was the B string. One of the complaints I have with my SR5 (a 1993 model) is that the B string is not fully useable up and down the neck. It's certainly good, but IMO not great. Not so with the 20th Anniv. The B string kicks from the low B all the way up. Finally, a fully useable B string to go along with that awesome stingray sound. The thing is just awesome, and it grows on you the more you play it. I became immediately obsessed. The one I played had a rosewood board and then they didn't have a maple one available, which I prefer. So I went home, got on the net and found a sick maple board single H 20th Anniv. at BassCentral in Florida and ordered it, damn the expense. It's on its way to me right now! Needless to say I am damn excited -- and needless to say my '93 is going bye-bye. Sorry ol' buddy -- your ass has been smoked!!!!!!!!!!