My friend, writer/bassist Erik Turkman, who wrote a really nice article on me in the October, 1996 issue of Bass Player Magazine, was visiting some mutual friends here in Denver. We did a hang at pianist/author Marc Sabatella and his new wife, jazz singer Wendy Fopiano's house. Erik had his new Paul Bryant bass with him and I just wanted to tell you guys my impression of this bass. A little on the large size (Bryant is of course English), I don't remember the important things like the mensur, but it was comfortable, in the 42" neighborhood. The machines were the English copies of the full-plate Baker machines which i've always been partial to, with matching ebony/brass end-pin. Very nice! The varnish was the only negative for me. Kind of a muddy brown, with some brush marks on the back, not particularly attractive to me. The pattern was a violin cornered Goffriller copy. Erik got the bass from that bass place down in Arizona (can't remember the name, but somebody will come up with it) For a price that is too good to mention. The bass was very even...Erik had kind of a bizzare mix of strings on it, including an Obligato G, a Hellicore Hybrid D and A and some E that I don't remember... Erik's a jazzer, so it was set up with that in mind. This bass sounded excellent all over the board both pizz and arco. Actually, I wouldn't normally bother to post a new thread on a newer bass, but this was an exception. We both came to the conclusion that the bass was crying for Thomastic Orchestra strings. Erik will give me a report on that when he gets back to the SF Bay Area. Anyway in terms of most anything you'd want in a newer bass, with the exception of the varnish, this bass passes with flying colors!!