I've had the discussion with my buds at Low Down Sound on more than a few visits there and want to pose it here: At what point does price not play a roll in quality of a bass or after what point are you paying for a luithers distinct style and quility is the same? I'm saying about $1800 (street price, not list). After that point your going to get a high quality bass. Just because you add some crazy exotic wood top for $800 doesn't qualify as a "better" bass for me. A standard Fodera Imperial 5 with no top is as good as the same bass with a extinct chestnut burl top for $1200 more correct? Quality is consistant as hell, attention to detail is paramount. And I have played/currently own basses that cost quite a bit less than $1800, that I freakin' love (ie. my Fender Victor Bailey Jazz). So I don't live and die buy that figure. I'm talking quality, not crazy optioned out basses. I have one that today would list from Fodera for over $8000. Is it better than a F Bass with the same options?? Or again is it just that builders style? I played a crazy nice Elrick 4 with a silly sweet buckeye burl top that was sub $3000. The same bass from other well known and highly respected luither was double that. Please, I DO NOT intend this to be ABC bass is better than XYZ bass. I'm just asking at what price point do you see things start leveling out?