How would it compare to a New Standard La Scala? Hello, I bought a crapatino (I know, it was before I discovered this site) and, true to form, the top is sinking in nicely and it is getting ready to implode anyday. Im still banging on it until it finally caves in. Needless to say, I need a new bass. Ive perused the forums, and here's the conclusion Ive come up with in a nutshell. In the 1500 thru 3500 price range, if I go with a Strunal, Shen, or Christopher, I cant really go wrong, and if I can spend the extra money, go with a Christopher or Shen over a Strunal. If you can scrape together another grand or two, and can afford 5-6 gs, go with the New Standard over all of them. Obviously, I dont want to buy anything sight unseen (a lesson learned courtesy of Ebay and the fine folks at Palatino) , and I need to find a bass that "speaks to me." I would love nothing more than to line them up side by side and play all of them, but I dont think anybody in my area (Central Florida) has a store that big. If I need to drive somewhere (say within 1000 miles) thats not a problem either, I was wondering how you guys would handle it if you were in my position. The reason for my post is that we have a store in Melbourne, Fl called Atlantic Strings. They have about 20 different basses in stock, and the guy there told me about this KCC bass for 4 grand, used. They retail for about 5600 new per their website (kccviolins.com) According to him, it was the best bang for the buck they had in my price range Ive never heard anything about them, does anybody know anything about these basses, and do you think they would be a contender with the New Standard? How would I find out where the dealers are that sell the other brands so I could compare them ALL before I plunk down the money? Thanks in advance for your help, and I wish I wouldve found this site before I bought a Chinese Junk. Who knows, maybe it will make a good surfboard someday!