I have looked in the newbie threads but still wonder why new instruments are priced the way they are. My specific example is this: I have been looking for a carved bass. I can afford up to maybe $8K. I have visited a shop which has Korr, Wilfer, and one or two other basses in this price range. I am interested in the Wan bass from the threads on here. So the question is this: If you have two Chinese basses that are made of similar woods (solid spruce and maple), why is the Korr $8k and the Wan $5K? I would never buy a bass I couldn't play first. I'm just wondering what I'm missing? Thanks.