When we are swearing off chinese basses, is it all? Some of the chinese basses i've been looking at have looked decent. I understand the $500 ebay models, and the CHEAP imports, such as Palatino, etc... But surely SOME basses must have some value. The bass that has my eye at the moment is a lightly used chinese built Stentor. It's the fully laminated student model. $1600cdn with a decent bag, and a french bow. There was also a Kai Ming fully carved that projected nicely, but with it's strings didn't respond well to my attempt at arco playing, at at $2200 without a case and bow, is less cost effective. Granted I did come across a few chinese ply's that were garbage even to my rookie eyes and hands. A Fujiyama with terrible action, poorly planed figerboard, and no sustain. I am thinking of selling my Stratocaster and amp to possibly make the step up to a Chech bass, but although I don't/can't play it, it was my dads and has sentimental value. He kept telling me to sell it after he gave it to me, but it'll be hard to give up.