I went to my local music store today to buy some cables. While there I checked out some basses (as always), one of which was a new Hofner Icon. Now, I've tried many Hofners...lots of Icons in the past and have never been able to play them because of the neck. Always felt way too small and skinny to me especially from about the 10th fret on up. But the neck on the Icon I tried today felt a bit beefier all around. Felt like it had more girth to it. While it still felt small it didn't feel as small compared to all the Icons I've tried in the past. Actually (and to my surprise) I found it to be rather comfortable. Has Hofner beefed up the necks on the newer Icons? Don't know much about where they're all made, but this one came from China.