For out-of-town engagements, I prefer laminate basses for the most obvious reason: resilient construction. However I have never been enamored with either the playability or tone of any laminate bass I have owned. And I've owned quite a few. To be fair, I'm difficult to please. To be exact, I've thrown thousands of dollars at basses to make them play and sound their best. In many cases, it helped. But, as the saying goes, you can put lipstick on a pig... By chance, I was able to play a laminate New Standard La Scala last year. I was immediately struck by the playability and sound of the instrument. It sounded nearly as good as my old carved instrument. This ate at me for some time. In truth, I was ready to buy a La Scala five minutes after I played one last year. But hey, $4500 is a lot of scratch regardless of what it's for these days. And, I reasoned that just because the one-night stand with someone else's La Scala left me satisfied didn't mean that the gal I'd end up with would do the same. Alas, I'm a gambling man. Couple that with the fact that my carved instrument is being restored, and my other laminate needed to go under the knife for a new fingerboard, I took the plunge. A big thanks to larry, salcott, marvin spangles, mburd, T-Bal and Marcus Johnson for their La Scala insights. I could go into great detail about the overall attention to detail, the beautiful varnish work Wil did, Arnold's fantastic set up (probably the best I've had), and the unbelievably good tone of this instrument so early in its life. Why bother? You've already heard it a million times from other players here on TB. Let's look at porn instead! What shall I name this little broad?