Can anyone tell me anything about those basses? Looked into the newbie links and there isn't much about them. I have an opportunity to buy a year old laminated model (Model 85) that was set up (new bridge, planed board, new strings etc.) by the folks at World Of Strings (called them and they confirmed) in Long Beach , CA for a good price (1500.00) from a private party. I am a newbie and unfortunately my teacher is out of town for a few weeks. I've played it and it felt good and sounded nice but as I said, I am a newbie with less than six months on the upright and i'm not sure I'm a good judge yet. right now i am playing a chinese bass that was given to me. I got it to luthier and it was set up and plays nicely but my teacher told me to keep my eyes open and look for a decent bass. Any feedback from you folks would be more than appreciated.