I was in GC trying whatever was within reach and I happened upon a used Daryl Jones Lakland signature ($799) model. If I didn't already have a Lake Placid Blue Jazz Bass, I might have bought it right there and then. Man, the bound fingerboard felt GREAT and the thing played spectacularly well. I think I can see what the fuss is about. Just very solid feeling and comfortable. Like a Jazz Bass on steroids. Niiiiccce. Perhaps the most interesting comparison would be head-to-head with an MIA Fender. New, it would cost significantly more. But it seems like you also get more.