I've wanted one for years, have often borrowed one for recording, always assumed I'd get one someday as a big reward for myself for something. I mean, I'm happy with my Guild Starfire and I've got a great Jazz bass, so I wasn't really seriously in the market, BUT when one runs across a late 60's Hofner Violin bass for...wait for it.... $400, one must make a move. Yeah, it needs a neck re-set (they all do eventually) and it's got the less desirable blade pickups rather than the staple pickups (they sound pretty friggin' close to me- anybody know anything about them?), but it's in pretty good shape and has the original case. I used it on a session the other night and it sounded just perfect.