I got my Bill Dickens model Conklin in the mail today. I love this thing! I purchased it from TB's own Mrfretless, who was incredibly helpful and informative (good qualities in a seller) and it's in superb condition. The sound, playability, and appearance and huge steps above the Samick fiver I've been playing for almost six years. The seven-string is a whole new ballgame. This is a pic that Mrfretless took. It really is a beautiful bass, and the closest I've ever come to a "higher end" instrument. I'd recommend this bass very highly.