Hi All, There hasn't been terribly much discussion on Arvi double basses, and I'd like to solicit opinions on the instruments. I've played on 5 of them, and 3 were very good.. clear and quick - sounded better than they cost. Very similar to a Bernadel I played at Gages, only more even, and 10000 less. The other 2 sounded muddy and uneven. The general consensus seems to be that for the money, they are hit and miss, much like other basses in that range (Jakstadts, Grunerts, etc..). Arvi owners (Theres a couple of you here..) - what year is your instrument, and how do you feel it compares to the other ca. 15-20K basses? I'm interested more in the technical aspects of the construction though - so hopefully the luthiers will chime in on this. Why is it so many Arvi's seem to do well in terms of projection and clarity? Is it the modeling that they are built off of? Is it the wood? Does he treat the wood in any way? I've heard stories about Arvi basses collapsing - is this because the tops were too thin? Poorly split wood? Does anyone know the length of time this seemed to be happening for? Apparently, students at Oberlin bought them during the 90's and within a year or two, 3 or 4 had to get restored. Does anyone know what was going on at that point? Nick? Whats up with his Varnish?