First of all, it needs to be understood that my comments are purely subjective and indicative of my preferences, tastes, playing style, needs, etc. Just because I like or dislike something doesn't mean that anyone else will necessarily find it so...or not. This should be understood but sometimes needs to be re-stated, I think. Anyway... I played the recently acquired Hanewinckel Artist Fustion 7 on a gig last night. Small room, private club, my regular classic rock trio, THE LOST PATROL. BOTTOM LINE: On balance, it's my favorite of all the basses I've owned to date. I currently own a Ken Smith BSR6 GN, Modulus Quantum 6, Roscoe SKB3006 w/LED's, Roscoe SKB3006 fretless and three other sevens: Roscoe SKB3007, Conklin Groove Tools 7 and an Elrick Gold Standard 7 (brand new to me, see other thread). PLAYABILITY: The action is achievable at a pretty amazing low level. This thing almost plays itself! Especially with the Ken Smith Custom Balance Taper Core strings I use, the strings are almost laying on the neck but no buzz and, well, just about perfect. The neck and string spacing (very close) are just perfect, too. What a fast neck! I solo quite a bit in my trio and also play upper register chords on the higher strings to support the guitarist. This one is the neck I've been looking for on a 7. The body contours and size are also perfect for me and my size frame (I'm about the size of Big Foot). And the weight is medium-light, which I like. TONE: Extremely balanced with a B string that is, quite amazingly, as fat as the Rosoce! And that's the Roscoe's forte...and it's a 35". Mindblowing, really. I especially enjoyed the option of selecting a fixed mid frequency to cut or boost rather than a sweepable pot. I found my best sound with the toggle in the "up" position and a moderate boost. I ran through an EA iamp600 last night into the mighty Bergantino HT112 (small room) and found my best sound by boosting all three frequencies at different amounts. Slap tone was detailed but VERY smooth. Sweet, very sweet. COMPARISON TO MY OTHER SEVENS: Hanewinckel/Roscoe--Hane is lighter with a much better top-end and a better neck. Roscoe's rule on the low-end but the Hane is really about dead-even in that regard. Overall, no contest. HANEWINCKEL Hanewinckel/Elrick--The Elrick is quite a bit lighter overall but can't compete on just about any other level except on appearance (the one I have is a gorgeous burl). Hane sounds WAY better and playability is so much better as to not even be in the ballpark. Elrick uses a zero fret so you can never quite get the action that low, no matter what the relief in the neck. It should be noted that I have yet to gig with the Elrick as it has some pending setup issues (i.e., protruding fret ends that must be dressed, etc.) due to the temperatures differences between Chicago and Southern Cali. HANEWINCKEL Hanewinckel/Conklin--Not a fair comparison. The Conklin is my "beater" and, compared to the other sevens, quite a log, really. It has a Mighty Mite preamp that I really dislike and is fairly heavy. But it's well-made for the money and plays quite nicely. HANEWINCKEL In summary, I found the Hanewinckel to be an absolutely great instrument in every regard. The one I had the good fortune to snag enhances my playing to a significant degree. BTW, I've talked at length with Pete and he's an extremely personable, helpful guy. He's a one-man operation, too. He makes these instruments by hand and from scratch in a shop in his garage.