Well, it's been a dream of mine 12 years in the making. Michael Manring was nice enough to let me put my paws on his Hyperbass during a clinic at Green Valley Music in the early '90s and I was blown away by its sound and feel. It has assumed that Excalibur kind of status in my mind and is sort of representational of everything that I wanted but could never have in life. Doh! But I just climbed out of debt and paid off my credit card bills, so I think I'm going to climb right back in. LOL. I don't think Zon makes the Hyperbass with the special detunable bridge anymore. That's okay; I don't think I could afford that option anyway. I'm, of course, going to pop for the Hipshots on the strings, though. I wonder if the transducers and/or the quadrophonic output come standard; I don't think they offer it anymore, as I don't see it mentioned on the Zon site. Sad. I really would love to have that option. Michael, do you know any of this info offhand? I sent an email to Zon but haven't heard back from them (it's the weekend). So I will probably post my silly Hyperbass questions when I get the blessed thing. Like, "oh sweet Crom, what have I gotten myself into?" PS: I've heard rumors of a recently completed all solo bass Manring album. When will this be released?!