Hey all, I caught a gig for the Scott Pazera Quartet last night. Of course I was looking forward to checking out Scott's incredible playing but I also had something else on my mind. Being able to see a Nordstrand for the first time! The already famous Redwood NX7 was all I could imagine and more. The first thing I noticed when Scott first handed it to me was the neck profile. It was the most comfortable neck I've ever experienced on a bass. The heel block was carved to perfection and offered unimpeded access to all 29 frets. Upon further inspection, Carey's flawless fretwork was very apparent. I haven't held every bass out there, but this bass has the most demanding attention to detail I've seen. The bass is also incredibly light! There are Jazz's out there that outweigh this bass. For those that think 7's are only cumbersome and unwieldily, this bass couldn't be more the opposite. It's very manageable while still retaining an overall feeling of distinct quality. Alot of times weight and quality go hand-in-hand. Carey's found a way to make an extraordinary product while maintaining extreme playability. The tone was also exemplary. This is what a bass should sound like! When Scott first soloed in the high register, I was on the edge of my seat to hear what this bass could do. I was pleasantly surprised to hear such a natural and pure high-end. Across the whole tonal spectrum, this bass was even and once again, pure. That's a good word to describe the tone on this masterpiece. Overall, I'm blown away by Carey's work. I had an idea of what to expect when I saw my first Nordstrand. I guess I wasn't prepared to this extent. The NX7 was truly awe-inspiring. Kudos on a wonderful piece of luthiery, Carey. Those of you with a Nordstrand on order that may have not seen one in person, you have absolutely nothing to worry about. I can assure you of that.