I just bought a bass a couple days ago from Gary Upton's shop in Conneticut. It's one of the UB basses made in Poland that are made exculsively for Gary. The one I purchased is a 3/4 scale hybrid, (carved spruce top, laminated back and sides). It has a very loud, clear sound. It's not particulary "woofy" but there's still plenty of warmth. It's a huge improvement over the little Juzek I had. I'll post pictures as soon as I get the chance. The other bass that I was considering was another "Upton" that was fully carved, looked much nicer, and had a very large body that had a unique shape. It was also a flatback. Although it sounded great as well, I didn't like it quite as much, and it was $1,000 more. It had a bigger, warmer tone, but it lacked a little in high end, and the sustain wasn't as good. He also had an American Standard from 1950 that had a 43 in. scale length. The sound on that was definately closer to the carved flatback. I liked it, but it was selling for too much money, because it was on concinement. I also got to try Gary's prototype pickup that he said will be out by December (I think), which is essentially two pickups that can be blended. One of the pickups is based on the Realist and the other is based on an Underwood. I was really impressed with it, and the price is going to be reasonable too. Gary is a great guy, and if you live anywhere near Conneticut, you should check out his store.