it's common these days. a lot of high end bass makers start a Korean made "cheaper" line. after prime movers such as Spector, now others did the move. and it seemed to be real succesfull both in quality and in instruments sold. i think to Lakland Skyline and MTD just to name 2 of them. now i'd like to know in which MIK version of hi end bass you could be interested. personally i'd love to see and try a Dingwall (with those fanned frets) MIK. and you?