Ok I'll have to eat my words about refinishing the Palatino. Tuesday night it came and we did not hear the UPS man from the family room so it sat on the porch intil 12:30 when we let the dogs out. Even though I should have waited I didn't, had to have a little peek. And, Wow was I happy with what little I saw. The next morning I got up an extra hour early 5 AM and put it together. When I got home I finished tuning it up and played a while before my pratice. I have to say I am very impressed with this bass. Not only does it look good but it was set up perfectly and its sound it very nice even with the factory strings. I did not find the bridge to be a bad one either! The only things I am changing for now it the strings and having a case made that is better padded. I would recomend this bass to anyone who wants to play ERB I 'll keep you posted in the future as I learn more.