I recently acquired an Eastman Bass from World of Strings in Long Beach, CA. This is my second bass. Although I may not have played URB long enough to warrant purchase of a second bass, I was basically sold a "lemon" by another store that was poorly setup and terribly expensive for what it was. Anyway, the first bass went on consignment and my new Eastman replaced it. I had looked very deeply into the offerings in the 2.5k to 5.0k range and based on the advice from the outstanding people at WoS, I feel that I made a very sound discussion. SETUP: The bass was outstandingly well set up and has a deep rich tone. I had the bass set up with Hybrids which are fairly decent strings for bowing and fine for pizz. I also asked for the bass to be set up with an underwood which was expertly installed. Finally, I had one of those nice ($20!!!) rubber balls installed on the end pin to prevent further destruction of my floors. FINISH: flawless fully carved. about halfway between the "orange" and and "brown" finshes that we're so used to. interestingly, my instructor's first comment was that it reminded him of the fine 5k range german/eastern european basses coming out a few years ago. TONE: this is always a subjective thing which I will address simply. to a reasonably untrained ear, the tone of this bass is warm and rich to me. there were no rattles or anything disconcerting whatsoever. i am incredibly pleased with the tone and expect it to carry me for a long time. overall i couldn't be happier. Thanks World of Strings! Outstanding bass, I couldn't possibly recommend this bass any more strongly!