Read the positive reviews from experienced players of the Brice Sixers and decided to give it a shot. Although I was skeptical because of the price, it's actually an amazingly good instrument, although you need budget an extra $100 for a better preamp. I got the Aguilar. Anyway, tried the Yamaha Pattituccis, Ibanezes, Alembics, several Carvins, Cort Curbows, Spector Legends, Dean Q6s, Tune and really like this as well as any of those. It's most similar to the Yamahas with the wide string spacing (which I strongly reccomend). The main flaw is the preamp, which is just horrible. After putting in the Aguilar, the bass just kicked ass. The "B" is tight and mighty. The workmanship is great. Even the crappy pre-amp was carefully installed with tiddy wiring. Obviously it doesn't have the status of the botique basses, but if you need a really good bass to play (not just look at) and don't care about the sticker on the headstock, this is the best deal I've seen by far.