TimoMetzemakers: I have personally not had any trouble with the bridge on my Bulgarian Bass. What should I be looking out for? The grain is straight across both faces without any warping. I finished the fit of the feet, installed it and it seems to work fine. I will probably make some tweaks on the string height, but it plays pretty well as shipped. The current bridges may be better than those shipped a few years ago. I know that the current tail gut (multistrand cable) is an upgrade over the former original equipment on these as a result of customer feedback. The same could be true of the bridges. Anyway, you do have to fit the bridge feet and the sound post. If you want bridge adjusters, that is an after delivery upgrade also. As for the weight, for a large carved bass (7/8-4/4), I'm not sure this is unusual. Most of the carved German basses I've seen were heavy also. It would be interesting to have a "How much does your bass weigh?" thread. I think that is the only way we can accurately compare weight. I wouldn't describe my bass as overly bright sounding. The tone is warm pretty much across the spectrum. This could be because it is a bit larger in the corpus though. Regarding most of the basses from Eastern and Central Europe;- the post cold war economics have made these basses a great value because they come from countries that still have local supplies of old growth European spruce and maple, a long tradition of musical instrument manufacture, and a favorable exchange rate to the US dollar. The ones that I have seen impressed me as well constructed good sounding instruments comparable to many instruments from western countries at closer to twice the price. I think eventually the future will find these instruments bringing prices closer to the instruments made in Germany. The deals available at bassesonline.com are good deals for the moment, while supplies last. I did look at that site once a long time ago. It wouldn't have made much difference in my case because I was set on a larger 5-string and those aren't likely to turn up in the inventory close-outs.