I've received quite a few notes from folks asking about the Barker Bass and some people ask, "Who is the target audience for this bass?" Others have been more blunt and simply asked, "What's the point?" These are both fair questions so I'll attempt to answer them here. The Barker Bass has two distinct advantages. Tone and Comfort. * Tone: Due to the design of the bass (that beautiful body is chambered, not solid), it has a tone unmatched by most basses available today. As Bruce Jacobs said in his Bass Guitar Magazine review "The Barker came across broad and juicy in a blues four-piece, and everything I played at a crosssoverjazz/R&B quintet gig - from standards to Tower of Power funk - was a joy. [it] was variously punchier, crisper, sweeter, or rounder than my standard 4- and 5-strings. It reminded me somewhat of a good, vintage Fender Precision: It sounds good by itself, but it sounds sooo right on the bandstand." * Comfort: A by product of the chambered body is that it is larger than the average Electric Bass. At this size, it is obviously impractical to wear around ones neck, so we put it on a stand! As Dave Zaworski said in his Downbeat Magazine review "Barker developed the idea for a fretted upright after experiencing wrist problems while playing bass guitar, and subsequently has designed the Barker bass for playing comfort. The bass has a free-standing design, so players don't have to hold it up-that's taken care of by a heavy duty stand with an attachment that locks in to a socket on the back of the bass. This helps to keep a player's physical contact with the bass to a minimum; arms, hands and wrists are held in natural positions and are only focused on playing the bass, not holding it. The minimal physical contact also keeps the bass's resonance from being dampened; the sound rings clear." Now, those are the objective measures. A lot of folks also think it looks great and it definitely garners a great deal of attention -- people always say, "Hey - what is THAT!" (Don't be fooled however, the looks catch your eye but the sound grabs your ear!) So - who plays this thing? Our target player is several-fold: The bass player who wants a phenomenal-sounding bass (with awesome tone and sustain) in a comfortable package. The bass player who wants the appearance/vibe of an upright without having to learn the longer scale of a traditional upright. The bass player who wants a beautiful, hand-crafted piece of workmanship that is pleasing to the eye, ear, and touch. The Barker bass is not a replacement for/competitor to the traditional electric bass OR the traditional upright bass -- it's a whole new breed of cat. And she purrs quite nicely!