I recently stumbled across the Roma basses, and their new liquidation sale. They're selling fully carved full size Romas for $1,299. The price is low enough where I might even spend that much just to see how it would turn out. I ended up paying around the same amount for my Chinese plywood after paying for the bass, shipping, and repairs, and that ended out to be a great bass; It will serve me through the end of this year at the least (freshman in college). As far as I can see in my limited experience, this Roma bass would probably end out better, but maybe I'm wrong. What kind of improvements in sound should I expect from a carved bass within the next few years? I hear they open up very well, and, if this is worth it, I would like to purchase this bass for college, and watch it grow in sound quality, and then eventually sell it to buy a better bass (that is, if this doesn't turn out to be great bass that I'll end up using for years, which it very well might...). What are the risks involved? What should I watch out for, and what should I do if this ends out to be a lemon? With this price I am worried and a little excited as well. What are the takes from those who know better than I do (which should be most of you, haha)? Also, how would the investment in a cheaper, fully carved bass like this compare to buying something like one of the more expensive hybrids from Upton or a New Standard Bass?