I was just at Hollywood guitar center, I spent about an hour playing some of there "high end basses" I Have only been playing seriously for about 4 years so I don't know if my ears are not trained or what but for the life of me I could not tell the difference between a 1200 dollar bass and a 3500 dollar bass. I don't want to throw all the names out that I played but it was around 20 different models. I once heard that some wine company's triple the price of their wine so that consumers will assume that their brand is a higher quality even though it is no better than the stuff for half the price. Any way I think this may be happening with bass manufacturers, this is just my opinion, like I said I have only been playing a short time so maybe my ears are not trained enough to hear this two thousand dollar difference. Please let me know if I am just an idiot.