I just purchased a KS BSR5MW last week at Music Arts Enterprises (MAE) in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I have been playing Fender basses over the last 25 years with the occasional side trip to G&L and Pedulla. Folks, this bass is the nicest instrument I have ever owned or played. I tried out a whole lot of instruments before I pulled the trigger...Lakland, Modulus, MTD, Pedulla and even the Dingwall. The Smith bass was the one for me. The bass guy at MAE let me sit there for over two hours and play the bass pretty much interupted...alot to be said for a bass that sells itself. Anyway, I've read most of the posts on Smith basses since and feel like I've made a wise purchase for the long haul. Plus, Ken and I have been exchanging emails on minor informational questions I have...nice to get the personal touch. I recommend this bass to anyone looking for an all around hand-made bass.