I'm just back from seeing PoS (Pain of Salvation) playing in the local loft space, and can you believe what the bassist (Kristoffer Gildenlöw) played? 8-STRING GALVESTON! That's right, just the kind of model that was put down here for being "unplayable no matter what you do to it". He used the low F# string a LOT, and it sounded kind of thin and muddy, the E string on a Danelectro is a good comparison. But the rest of the range sounded okay, the sound from the band was pretty muddy overall. He didn't seem to have any problems with rattling or fretting either. Plus he did some other weird things like E-Bowing and nail scraping harmonics. Buuut i talked to him and told him that bass was universally considered a PoS (of the other kind), so much that i have been strongly disadviced from even trying to find one! Well he said that IT WAS CRAP, really, but he got it so cheap that he might as well try it, cause he would never buy a Conklin for 20 times the price of it anyway. Well, whether you could consider this an endorsement or not, you have to make up for yourself. I think he made it sound decent though... i'd still like to have one of those.