I've got questions about this bass from another thread. I just called the shop that has it and the guy tells me that usually they sell quality stuff and at least that's true with their guitar selection. He also told me that it's a chinese made bass. $1300. I've tried looking it up on the web, but couldn't find any info about it anywhere. I played it a couple of days ago and it sounded pretty loud acoustically and seemed to play ok. I plan on going back and trying it again tonight, but it would be good to know what to look for in terms of how it's made and in other bases I see in the future. So far it sounds ok and better than an Eastman (don't know the model, price was $2400) I played a week ago. Anybody know if this is a chinese piece of junk to stay away from?!?? This'll be the first DB I ever get and I'm thinking of getting something decent than just a regular student model, those Bob G.'s Englehardt's look like a safe bet.