Yes indeedy fellow lowlifes, after a 4 month long wait, much gnashing of teeth and pulling of hair, it has finally arrived! I'm now the proud owner of an '01 NS Design CR5M! She's a beautful beast to behold, an amazing flamed maple top. Sounds just as good as she looks, the deepest E and B string I've ever experienced by far (must be that 41"+ scale length ). Playability is impressive too, the setup from the factory is as close to perfect as anything I've gotten in my life, as a matter of fact, other than the obvious differences of notes being further apart and the reach being a bit odd for my right hand, it plays like a very nice fretless electric bass guitar. Pictures will be forthcoming soon, just waiting for Bass Central to get them up on the website. Oh, and one other thing. A close friend, who happens to be a bassist (female, natch) INSISTED "she" needed a name... So, I'd like to introduce the newest member of my "family": 'Retha (Aretha to be proper, as in Franklin). She sings almost as pretty as the original 'Retha... "Hey Nineteen...."