I'm curious as to how Carvin can make such a decent instrument for 1/3 the cost of similar basses? I'm just looking at how much it would cost me personally to build a bass and assemble it from parts...without including labor (I won't charge myself) I'll still spend more than I would for a brand new Carvin. I think the prices for a Valenti, Nordstrand, Sadowsky et al are all pretty equivalent. For a decent brand new 5 string jazz style bass you're looking at around $2500 give or take. I don't think Carey, Nino or Roger have garages full of porsches either, they're doing just enough to make a quality product and feed their staff. So how in the heck does Carvin cut costs so much? I'm thinking *speculating here* that it's because they are a larger company they probably have more CNC machines paid off in their factory than the other builders even have on credit right now. I'm also assuming that they get their wood from different supplier(s) and have a pretty good system going. Other than that, I just don't get it Now before this thread goes downhill or anybody wants to talk about basses being overpriced, please don't. I'm really just curious as to how Carvin is producing basses that are as hyped as the new SB series at such low costs while still making profit. I know a lot of you are more savvy than I about the bass building business, so how in the heck is it done? Are they cutting any corners that the other builders are not?