Ok, after many years of thinking about Joining the Stick Set, I finally walked through the back door this afternoon with a brand new CR5M I think?( Wife's out the front gardening and I want to protect my Personal Stick and Two Veg!) The reason I am a little uncertain is that there is absolutely nothing on the instrument to state that this is a CR5M.... NS on the head stock and that's it! I just got off the NS Web site and panicked a little as I noted that they have just released a CR Bass Cello (In my mind it looked exactly the same as the one I just brought home)and I made a quick dash to the music room to check the scale length to make sure that it was NOT 34inch.... OK it's 41.73 inches. Anyway, I clearly claim that I'm NEW to the Stick World and would appreciate any tips from other NS users ( Bruce Linfield and Company). I note that I have the two lots of pick ups ie:- the bigger round one (EMG I presume) and the little one above and below(The Magnetic ) 10 in all. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Also I don't mind the sound of the strings....the standard ones sold with the bass, I didn't think they would sound that good. I'm used to Obligatos on the full size and these on the NS are like playing Guitar again... Any suggestions on Strings for JAZZ??? Finally,at this point I've plugged it straight into the Coda R and with everything flat sounds REALLLLL Nice! I figure it can only get better as I play with it more. Last think, I went looking for the 2X 9v batteries and when I unscrewed the little toggle at the bottom of the bass the batteries would not come all the way out, so to change them I took the four screws out of the back which straight away released the bridge.... as the grub screws were pushing the bridge to the correct height when lid was closed.... Do you guys let your strings down when you take the back off??? I refitted the back and adjusted the grub screws back and the bridge height appears OK... Just wondering! Anyway, can't wait to use it on a gig!