Looking at the hype for Schack basses, I can't remember seeing a builder lay on so many superlatives so thick. According to the Schack website; - they were the first to produce graphite necks; (I thought Alembic had that disntinction???) - they introduced the extra-long scale neck (I thought Thompson did that for A. Jackson???) But I thought the quote below from their hype was a bit much - "ALEMBIC, MODULUS, CONKLIN, LAKELAND OWNERS!!! DARE TO COMPARE YOUR BASS TO THE BEST BUILT, LONGEST LASTING, MOST PLAYABLE, LONGEST SUSTAINING, MOST TONALLY BALANCED, VISUALLY STUNNING BASS GUITARS AVAILABLE IN THE WORLD. SCHACK. " I've seen and held at least one instrument made by each of those makers that Schack mentions. Personally, I would "dare." All of them were ungodly great in different ways. But, I've never had the pleasure to see or play a Schack in the flesh. I imagine they're great instruments. But, are these guys for real or just a legend in their own minds, IYO/IYE???