Much as I loathe these "which is better maets??!!1" threads, here I am posting one. For similar money I can get either a used, but mint Pedulla Rapture JJ, or a factory fresh USA 75' RI. (i live in England) I've never played a Rapture before, but im going to visit the seller tomorrow night, and i expect classic jazz bass sound with more options due to the bart preamp and more growl because of the body woods and hardware. I've played and lusted after a 75' for years, they are fantastic basses - they make the sound that can only be called "tree" and theyre totally pornographic. Now where my mind rests is: The Pedulla is arguably the 'better' bass for me soundwise and build-quality-wise. However where my real quarrel is that Pedulla are unheard of here in the UK - there are nomore than a handfull of Raptures in this country and I'm already fed up of "Its a what? Peduli?" conversations, yet everyone knows and respects "MIA" as a mark of quality and the 75' is an iconic design. At the end of the day, the 'better' bass has less wow factor and this bothers me, noone would know if i went with the Ped that this is a two and a half thousand dollar bass. Opinions anyone?