she's a beaut. r5-24 alder body, rosewood fret board. 59' burst (it's a little yellower in person). initial thoughts are, its a well made bass (not a $2500.00 bass though). it's only marginally better made than my pedulla rapture 5 string ($1500.00 or so). if pedulla made a 24 fret 5 string rapture it would win out (initially). sound wise it is worth all the hype it gets, though. the tone is well focused and "present". it's not over powering. it can be dark or bright. very versatile. finger style, slap and tap all come through well. not too heavy at 9lbs. it came with sadowsky's light case (made well). for $2500.00 you would expect strap locks and other case candy that don't come with the bass. i have rehershal tonight and a gig saturday with her and i'll update with more accurate descriptions of the dynamics, sound and playability.