The December Bass Player Magazine has a 4-string shootout. Outstanding basses are given a special "Editor's Award" for these categories: Outstanding Value, Outstanding Construction, Outstanding Tone, and Innovative Product. So far, so good. Now here's the problem: They reviewed 25 basses. 21 out of these 25 basses got awards. Some basses gor more than one award. All totalled, there were 25 awards given out for 25 basses. Is something wrong with this picture? If you hand out awards so freely, the awards begin to lose their value. The way to interpret this shootout is not to look for awards, but to look for the lack of awards. Because awards were given so freely, the lack of an award is a cause for alarm. For example, a bass that didn't get an "Outstanding Construction" award probably has outstandingly poor construction!