In the beginning of February I had the chance to visit Barcelona. Beside the beauties of the city I was happy to try my chance to visit Jerzy Drozd. Jerzy Drozd workshop is a little bit out of the city center. But with a good map and chance you can get there . I took the ferro and than the metro (discovered that the Ferro tickets were not valid for the metro and don't ask me what is a Ferro , it also goes under the ground as well) and had a little walk. It's on a dead end. Well to make a long story short, I skip my soap opera and jump directly to the real story: I met with Jerzy Drozd, he's a very friendly and helpful person. I found that I was pronouncing his name right (this is the first thing I asked to him something like Jerr-zy The-rosed He was very busy because they were preparing for Frankfurt Musikmesse but he took a good time to answer my questions and show the basses. Thanks to him. He said that if I let him know before, that I would come, he could make more basses available for me to try. First I learned that I'm going to Barcelona just 3 days before I had this trip (you know, or maybe you don't know, the bloody visa issues for non-EU visitors). And most importantly I was not expecting to meet such a great and friendly guy. I've read here before some comments about some other luthiers and their attitude to visitors and I prepared myself to the worst and it was a surprise to have such a good welcome. I tried two basses: a 36(!?) fret bolt-on hollowbody 7 string Obsession Legend and a 28 fret neckthrough 7 string Obsession Prodigy For Obsession Legend: 36 fret? Yes and although it's a little strange to reach those upper notes, it's a different and very nice instrument. You can tap those upper notes or play finger style or with a pick. I tried all The pop-slap is a little strange, because I normaly do the pop between the last fret and the neck PU but here there is only one PU (in fact two PUs, because bridge has a piezzo but you got the point) which is very close to the last fret so I popped between the PU and the bridge and it's was a little strange to do so for me. The slap is not different though. Piezzo? I'm not really into that kind of sound but it was nice, clear and alive sound. Bartolini PU is nice for both from the lower notes 'till those upper notes that you usually don't expect to get from a bass. The neck joint of this bolt-on was very nice and smooth, it doesn't prevent you to reach the ultra-upper notes. Workmanship? It's perfect from the edges of the frets to the abalone binding. Jerzy Drozd is very good for details. The hollowbody? First of all it changes the sound but I'm not very good in telling the difference. It also weighs less, which can be an important issue for a 7 string bass (at least for me). It balances OK -if not perfect- on the knee while sitting. I would expect a neck-heavy and non-balancing bass with such a big and deep cutaway and small leg-rest(lower horn) but no, you can normally play it while sitting. So thumbs up.. I didn't tried with a strap so don't know how it balances playing standing but with such upper horn I think it won't have a problem. I really liked the shape of their bridge (instead of a rectangular stock brige) which follows the organic form of the bass. Anything I would change? I would change the tuning pegs to ultra-lights because the less it weighs, the better it is for me (as I said before), I think even 100 g is important. I would also draw an inlay shape to fit the fretboard. He offers this as well. I also tried the Obsession Prodigy for a short time. Mostly same opinions. The neck-through was very smooth when reaching 28th fret. My overall opinion: Well first of all I'm not an expert but I try every bass that I can find from a 7 string Conklin to a B.C. Rich Beast, from a Rickenbacker 400x to Zon HyperBass. I really liked the basses. I like their shapes, their sound were cool, the wood were like a dream, the workmanship was perfect. So shortly I liked them a lot. The only think that I don't like is that I don't have enough money to order one And some fresh news: He is preparing another bass, other than the Obsession serie. He said that he was planing to have the new design ready earlier but as he is very busy he had to postpone it. He said that the new serie that he will offer will be a classical bass. I said "like a Fender Precision?" (the word classical reminds me a Fender P or J or a Ric or maybe a Gibson) he said no. But the new bass will be different than the organic round shaped Obsession serie with a straight shape (OK I don't recall his words but this is what remained in my memory). He was also building a bass for the bassist of Paco De Lucia (sorry again don't know his name). I saw that one but didn't take the picture as he asked. There were some different things about that bass. It features an upper horn joining the neck. I mean something like the Ken Lawrence Brasé but a little different. The neck PU has got another shape -that follows the shape of the bass- than the usual rectangular stock PUs. The strings were bloody close (because that bassist has a different playing style and wanted so). And the scale was someting like 32-33". I believe that it can be a good piccolo bass (But this one that I'm talking has got normal gauge strings so it's not a piccolo). There are not so many piccolo basses offered so it can be a good difference to offer such an instrument from a high-end instrument maker. He said when he will finish building it he will announce this bass as well at their website. Those are just my opininons. Whose signature was it: "As always I can be wrong". Cheers!