I gave a visit to Carl Thompson yesterday. My plan at the time was just to look around the shop and deliver my words of gratitudes for his works, but as a result, I stayed at the shop for 4 hours, watched him work and placed an order. When I talked to him on the phone 1 day before the visit to have an appointment for visit, he sounded rather irratated by my asking for a visiting hour, but it seemed like it was just his natural. I talked with him for about 3 hours and a bit more, and he kept telling me that "In order to be a real musician, you should practice, practice and practice." and he said he still practices chords and basic stuff everyday. And he told me some best musicians in his opinion, and showed me some musical works of himself. There was a pile of document files stacked up higher than a foot, and he told me they are all written music. As I mentioned, I had no intention to place an order since I already own a fretless 4 strings, but as I got there and some basses still under building process, I thought I shouldn't miss this chance. The price was high, but not higher than Fodera. I don't know when my order will be started building and I, of course, don't know when it'll be done, but Carl stated that it'll take around 9,000 years and I agreed to wait for that. Joe, a builder at the shop, agreed with me on that the human being can barely live that long. It was a fun visiting and nice education for myself. I'd like to say that I don't like that Japanese guy named "Hajime" who put 7 orders at once for himself. Geez..