I know it is right before Xmas, but I wandered into Sam Ash to play this 68 p bass I've been lusting after. They had this dean Rhapsody 8 string bass and after 20 minutes of playing it I left the store with it. It was slightly used and with the case it was only $300. So far I'm very impressed. It has a nice bubinga top and mahogany back, a 3 piece maple/walnut neck, nice quality grover tuners, and EMG hz pups and 3 band preamp. The construction is tight, the fretwork seems perfect, the action is low and nice. The biggest suprise is the electronics. The pups are dead quiet and are pleasantly warm. The preamp, which I believe is just a generic Dean design, is very smooth and natural sounding, and doesn't create any hiss when cranked. The neck shape is rounded and very comfortable. I haven't had a chance to try it in a group context, and I don't know if I'll get sick of the 8 string sound, but if I don't and it sounds good in a group setting, this is a very nice bass to have in the arsenal. I recommend the regular 4 string rhapsody for a great cheap beginner bass bassed on this model. Anyone else have any experience with this bass?