Just got my new Mike Kelly 5 string STAB (is that what it's called?) delivered FedEx today. I post when I'm thrilled, I post when I'm bummed... I'm bummed... This is strike 2 for MK for me. I already own a fretless firefly bass, and I actually think it's a great bass. That's why I was willing to go for a second. My first peave with these guys though was that in their advertisement of the newer models, they state that the shorter neck basses (32" - the one I have) weren't all that good for longevity purposes. HOW THE HELL CAN THEY SAY THAT!!! That's really nice for all us, uhh... "suckers" that bought one? Doesn't help if we want to resell them either. I wrote nicely to them regarding this, and asked if they'd reconsider their advertising - but they flatly ignored me. Alright - regardless of how they dislike their own product, I dig it still, and figure I'll give the upgraded 34" a go. Got the bass, it had to go back in the box within 10 minutes. Frets sharp as hell, I was almost ready to deal though thinking I can file them down myself, crap on the inside that I had to shake out then sweep my floor (not sure what it was - looked like dried bugs or burnt wood), but then the kicker... first string, 13th and 14th fret were the same note. Put a little more relief in the neck. No change. Look down the neck, looked like a little hill down there. How does a bass like that ever get out of the factory? On the other hand, American Musical. 3rd time purchasing from them. I ordered the bass at 3pm on monday, it was in my hands 3pm today, wednesday (would have had it yesterday if it wasn't for the MTA strike slowing things down), another bass is already on it's way, and they're going to send me a sticker to send this one back. I get to pay in monthly installments without any credit check. I've never experienced any ordering problems, and the people are really helpful, understanding, quick and curteous. If the next bass sucks I'm getting sumpthin else.