Guys- I'm still in the nascent stage of trying new instruments. My german 3/4 is a breeze to play and amplifies well, but I'd like to find a bigger instrument that will allow me to leave the amp at home for some duo/trio gigs. I've heard alot about how much sound the Jakstadt instruments produce and I'm fairly close to the Bass Cellar, thus I'm hoping to get over and try one out. However, I thought I might drop an inquiry here and see if any jazzers have any experience with them. I know the orchestral players say they've very powerful, but I haven't heard much regarding the pizz sound. Can anyone enlighten me? Are they bright instruments in the Czech tradition? Are the shoulders manageable for thumb position stuff? Thanks!