I had the opportunity the other weekend to visit Kassel, Germany. Guess who works there? Well, since I had succeeded in having a BassLab bass sent to me for test (a cut L-bow), I took the opportunity to try the rest. Guys, these are incredible! They are made of some secret composite, that forms a hollow monocoque of the entire instrument. It's incredibly stiff and hard. Well, I don't know, but Heiko, the tech chef(!) there, said it can be modified to give any tonal responce!?! You'd expect the tone to be hard and sterile, too, but in fact, it is - if you want...or dull as an old P-bass, if you tweek the pots in that way. You know, I tend to preach ergonomics first...this is the best bass I've worn with a standard strap. Actually, the only thing I don't really agree with Heiko on, is the traditional ergonomics of such a front running instrument. But, I put on a STD, and it fit like I was born with it! The STD sixer was just great (I couldn't sleep that night, every time I slumbered I played that red axe...) Anyway, I can recommend a test, for all that have access to a BassLab representative. Or even a shop that carries one!??!