Just yesterday I picked up the bass I've had my eye on for the past few months. It's a 7/8 fully carved Romanian-made flat-back "Panormo" model that I bought it at Shank's Strings, in Elizabethtown, PA. I'll post some pics once I can get 'em taken (gotta borrow the girlfriend's digital camera). Man, this bass is leaps and bounds above the Chinese plywood I was playing on. It's got punch, volume, and a killer tone. It plays just as well and sounds just as good as most basses which cost twice as much, too. I couldn't be happier with this bass. Mike Shank said that he's seen this model develope killer tone in the first few months of playing it, and over the course of the next couple of years should really open up into a mean bass.