Played an over-long club gig with the pictured bass (I'm using one of Pete's pics here) last night. For those who may be interested, here's my thoughts: This bass sonically resembles my Roscoe SKB3007 more than any other 7 I own (i.e., Hanewinckel Artist Fusion, Conklin Sidewinder and Elrick Gold Standard). It has a crushing low-end with a rather subdued, almost compressed sounding mid-range and a biting top-end. It differs from the Roscoe in that the Roscoe's top-end is rather smooth while this one just really leaps out at you. I'm using Ken Smith Tapercore Custom Balance (Melvin Davis) strings on this bass and they may be too bright for it. I'm thinking of trying nickels to tone down the top a little, in fact. I ran through my Bergantino HT112 via EA iamp600 in a small room with raised wooden stage. How does it compare to my other sevens? Well, as stated, it's pretty close to the Roscoe. Which means that it is a low-monster and really brings out the thump. The parallel/series switch is a nice option and I found myself using the series position most of the time, preferring to switch to parallel for slap. Parallel position really thins things out. The 3-way mid toggle is also useful when soloing the bridge p/u and boosting mids to to get that nice Jaco burp. The bass is also quite light, extremely balanced and plays like a dream; slim, fast neck and comfortable body contours. But... I prefer the Hanewinckel Artist Fusion (the blue one) due to its mid-range "life." This Solaris is a tonally different beast. Going in, I expected some similarity since Pete hand-built both instruments. Simply not the case. They couldn't sound much different, actually. FWIW, my 7 string "picking order" right now would be: 1. Hanewinckel Artist Fusion 2. Elrick Gold Standard 3. Conklin Sidewinder 4. Hanewinckel Artist Solaris 5. Roscoe SKB The Solaris beats the Roscoe due to a faster neck but they both sport the Bart 18v pre and, as stated above, except for the upper register, sound VERY similar. Now, as I look back on what I've written, I realize that all this may make it look like I'm disappointed with this new bass. Really not the case. True, I've not quite found the sweet spot with strings and setup yet. But I've only had it a couple of weeks. And the fact that it doesn't usurp my other Hanewinckel doesn't bother me at all. That blue one is the best bass I've ever touched, let alone owned! I also get the feeling that the longer I live with this bass, the more I'll grow to like it and appreciate all the things it does well. Even if it doesn't end up being my Number One, I'm not hurting for good instruments right now!