My Skyline 55-02, in a black Lakland hard case, arrived about a week ago (pics will follow shortly). This Natural gloss/Maple bass arrived factory packed with the standard factory setup. I had to raise the action just a little bit, and have been playing it at least an hour per day since its arrival. For an initial (very preliminary) evaluation, I played it, put it down, then picked up and played one (or both) of my other two basses (a Peavey Cirrus 5 USA and a G&L Tribute L2500) for comparison. Results as follows: SOUND The 55-02 is very smooth. Has nice b string tone quality. Id put it in there ahead of the Tribute L2500 but slightly behind the Cirrus 5 overall. Rankings: (1) Cirrus, (2) 55-02, (3) L2500 NECK I really like the neck on this 55-02! Wide, fairly thin and fast. By comparison, the Trib L2500 neck feels like a tree trunk. But again, Id have to rank the Cirrus 5 ahead of the 55-02. The feel of the Cirrus neck is something to die for dont know if any bass could beat it out in this category. Rankings: (1) Cirrus, (2) 55-02, (3) L2500 VERSATILITY Havent gigged with it yet, but from what Ive heard thus far, it can obtain quite a variety of sounds. I have, however, gigged with the L2500 and found it to be incredible with respect to sound options. Also, the L2500 doesnt take a back seat to anything the sound is bright, aggressive, and nothing overpowers it! The Cirrus, in club gigs, offers a good sound but one which can be overshadowed by other instruments. Ive also used the Cirrus in church services and found that the sound is probably perfect for that setting. Rankings: (1) L2500, (2) 55-02, (3) Cirrus OTHER STUFF Build quality is excellent in the L2500 and the 55-02, but superior in the Cirrus. But the Cirrus lacks one feature which is found on both the L2500 and the 55-02, and that is a pre-amp by-pass. I love this feature and dont know why all manufacturers dont offer it as an option. CONCLUSIONS No buyers remorse for the 55-02 here! I think its going to fit into my arsenal very well, used as a backup for church services and a backup/primary for club gigs. Time will tell if these functions remain that way after all, the 55-02 isnt broken in yet (for that matter, neither is the L2500, bought new only about 6 weeks ago). But right now, if I had to pick only one of the three to keep, it would have to be the Cirrus. Hell, if the neck was just a smidgen wider and it had a pre-amp by-pass, Id marry it! Youd have to pry it from my cold, dead fingers with a crowbar!