Hello all, I did a search on my query regarding Carvin basses, but could´nt find any info, so here I go: Living in a country across the pond (Europe), Carvin basses have always remained a mystery to me, there used to be a distributor in my country ages ago, but not any more. Anyhow, like many other my age, I picked up the bass in the late eighties/early nineties, and I always thought Carvin basses in the hands of with James Lomenzo (then in White Lion) looked really cool. Time passed and Carvin continued to be this mystery brand, visible only in Bass Player ads. A few years ago, I stumbled across Carvin´s website, and I was hooked, I kept "building" basses in the Custom shop builder on the website. Not living in North America however, this never became reality. I´ve since managed to find a few dealers in Europe who keep a small stock of Carvin basses, and needless to say I´m tempted to order one. But...I´ve yet to actually play a Carvin bass!! My question is: In Europe Carvin´s business model of cutting out the middle man is naturally lost, meaning an Icon 5-string costs approx. 1700-2000 USD, which is approx. as much as A Peavey Cirrus USA model, MM SR5, Ibanez Prestige, Warwick Proline etc. Can anyone here on TB give a subjective opinion on the performance, build quality, etc. on Carvin basses in relation to these prices?