I'm copying this from TK65's thread about his new Carvin Elite, since no one seems to want to answer me there. To TK65 (and other Carvin addicts), I have seemed to become strangely attracted to the Claro Walnut 6-string (with the abalone blocks) and am thinking about adding it to my collection. It's beautiful and cheap, so why not. I really like the specs on those basses. I do wish that they made a 7-string version, though. Have they ever made one for anybody? Anyway, the question. What's the playability like on the new Carvins? I haven't played one in years and the one I still have is from late 1989. How low can the strings go? Is the bridge made in a way that the saddles do not bottom out before you get the strings down to the level of the fretboard? How low, realistically, can the action go? I need, at the minimium, 1mm on the C and 1.25mm on the B. Preferably a little lower, but those are the absolute minimums. That Rapid Neck feature... what's that about? Is that only for guitars or is it for basses too? Also, what's the gold hardware like on the Carvins. How quickly does it tarnish? What maintenance is required for the Tung Oil that Carvin uses on their necks? Thank you for reading and please answer.