For years been a Fender J player. I've owned and played all the others, but it was always back to the J. I recently talked to a player friend who had just bought a German Hofner and he couldn't say enough good things about it. It played well and sounded great. Next thing I know I run into a killer deal on a Hofner Icon, so I bought it thinking that if I liked it, I'd buy a German one. The thing is, I do actually like it and, and so does my band. Then I go see an old friend who's played for 50 years and owns about every bass there is. I'm there looking to buy, since he's selling off some gear. He has a Birdsong that was made for him a few years back. When I played it, well, I couldn't believe it. Great guitar. Maybe I'm answering my own question, but I like to hear opinions. Any body got any on the German Hofner or the Birdsong? Thanks in advance.