I used to see the Stu Hamm ads as a teen and remember thinking the Ex-Factor was ugly. I don't really know why I thought they were ugly. Maybe cause I always saw the red one. Anyway, fast forward 25 years and I want one. I love the clarity, the tones available, and the ingenious drop-D mechanism. I've tried only one, but the tone reminded me of my first bass (an Ibanez SR400LE) and I fell in love. There's a huge back story to all of this. Basically, I was shot and paralyzed in 2008 and I am trying to teach myself to play in a totally different way. If anyone would be willing to help me on the price/payment, I'd be one happy guy. Here's my getting shot story: http://www.decibelmagazine.com/diary/strength-beyond-strength-the-jason-statts-story/ Thanks!