Hi! I just got my new bass (mailorder) from Thomann.de and I thought I'd put down a few words about it. First off, it's CHEAP. 211 isn't supposed to buy a great instrument, but I was aware of this and prepared for the worst (hey, it comes with a 30-day money back guarantee). Finsh - a bit uneven staining underneath the clearcoat but nothing that bothers me (mostly on the back too) Parts - The nut, control cavity lid and truss-rod cover look like they were made using chainsaws, lots of small plastic scraps hanging off them, but once I cleaned them off the seem to be alright. The tuners are cheat gotoh-imitations, one even has a (really)sharp edge on the head. The Bridge looks and feels alright, enough adjustment left in both directions. The knobs are a bit rough, and the pots are heavy, but noise-free. Wood - Looks alright, screams chinese CNC-goods, but the edges are neat enough, and seem to fit well. Ash body anh presumeably maple neck, with a rosewood fretboard. Playability - The first thing I noticed was that it is quite light, I don't have any scales but the whole package including 2 sets of strings and lots of foam and cardbord wieghed in at 8.3 kg. The neck is rather thin, but broad and the fretboard is -very- flat (I like it). The action was O.K., but I think I'll raise the strings a little bit someday. Sound - This is what surprised me most! It totally beats my J-Copy (wich I have been told sounds like a Fender J), and the active controls do what theyre supposed to. No noise, that I've noticed so far. I haven't got any pictures yet, but check out the Thomann product page here The 360 degree zoomviewer is quite nice.