....and was wanting a hybrid bass would you spend it on the Upton or would you go for a Strunal and spend the balance on something else? I am in the market for a solid top bass. I recently bought a new ES9 Engelhardt and I love it. But, I don't want to die without having experienced owning a solid top. Does anyone here think the Upton is worth the extra $$$ as opposed to the Strunal? I could have almost 2 of the Strunals for the $$$. What say ye?