I think it's fair to say things are going pretty well for us bassists as far as attention from manufacturers, etc. There are more bass dedicated publications than ever and more advertising dollars are being allocated to reach us. Also, a fair number of new companies have shown up. My question is: have any of these new companies made a significant contribution? The way I see it, the biggest innovation from a new company was Lakland's use of the J + MM pickup configuration, which have spawned copycats everywhere. The Peavey B-Quad 4 and Cyberbass, as well as the Conklin 7 string also come to mind, but they've been around for a longer time (and Peavey's huge, of course) Thoughts?