So, I'm in the process of trying out some Shen 7/8 carved basses from a local guy. Wow, going from plywood to real wood, what a difference. I didn't notice how little my plywood bass actually resonated until I started practicing with these real wood basses. There's also a feeling like there's a mini-cathedral inside the carved bass. Instead of the sound exploding from the f-holes the whole instrument comes alive and resonates. It's awesome (in the real sense of the word).