My latest bass, a Dean Pace arrived today ( thanks scarred2112 for saving me some $$$). I've messed around with it for about an hour now, so I thought I might share some initial impressions. Made in China. Fit and finsh is very good, a few small sanding marks on the fingerboard, but otherwise clean. The bridge seems to be of better quality than you normally find in this price range. Tuning machines about average, adequate for the job. The stand is just an adapted cymbal stand, but it feels sturdy and balances well, again adequate for the task. The biggest surprise was the weight, about 16 pounds with the stand according to my bathroom scale. No big deal since it won't be strapped around my shoulder all night. The sound.... Well does it sound like an upright ? Not really, but then again nothing really does. Will it pass for most people? I think so. I had to take some time and re-work the EQ on my practice amp, but I found a tone that is somewhere between an acoustic upright and a "J" fretless. The strings it came with are worthless, so I've got some on order and I think that might make more difference in the tone. Setup is pretty good right out of the box. All in all I think this might be a fun Bass to play at my country/classic rock gigs, and I'm doing "Grease" at my local community theatre this summer so it's just the ticket for that. For the money, I think this is an excellent bass but it will not replace an upright.