My local music store just got in a A. Schroetter bass, 3/4 size. The sales rep told me it was a plywood, made in the Czech republic. Hardware and workmanship was fairly good, kind of an ugly brown semi see through matt finish, but sounded pretty darn good, and loud. Aircraft cable, adjustable bridge, pretty good carving on head. Went home and looked for it on the net, place called Dominic's Music lists it as a hybrid, made in China, and priced at $1199 U.S. (My dealer wants $2025 Cdn, with shipping, exchange and duty, that's about right). I found it in several other spots listed with Chinese makers, but didn't see anything in the newbie links on threads on this product. Any members with any experience with these? Merry Xmas by the way!!