I've searched around but looks like all of the threads about the Jim Laabs basses are from a few years ago. I was looking at the Munich bass. On the surface it looks really nice and appears to use nice wood. But how does it play? I've been without a bass for a couple of years due to apartment living and a lack of finances. I want to take my time finding something that sounds and plays the way I want. I cut my teeth in college playing on a 5/8 Juzek which I always loved (and have considered trying to buy). Although it had a normal string length I always liked the smaller neck and the tight focused projection of the smaller body. I'm a little out of the loop as far as what's out there in the lower end of basses. I'm not opposed to getting a ply bass. Right now I'm looking at spending maybe $2500 but if going up to 5k or so means getting the right bass for me I'll make it happen.