Hey kids, almost forgot to post about something that really excited me at NAMM. Roger Sadowsky has introduced a new line of basses to be built in Japan. It's an expansion to the "Tokyo" basses (actually, I'm sure Roger will clarify if these basses are instead of or in addition to the Tokyos), but these basses will be exactly to spec of the Brooklyn-made instruments. Same materials, electronics, and super quality workmanship, but manufactured in Japan. Just like the American basses, they will be available in Standard, Vintage and Modern (24 fret) series. The main differences will be that the finish choices are limited, and no fancy tops or custom fingerboards (maple or rosewood only) will be offered. The Standard Series (RS4, MS4, RS5, MS5) will be available as either 4 or 5 string, choice of alder or ash body, maple or rosewood fingerboards. The Vintage Series (RV4, MV4, RV5, MV5) has the slightly larger Fender-vintage size bodies, same options as the Standard for body and fingerboards. The Modern Series (R5-24, M5-24) is the 24 fret, dual soap bar pickup model. These are 5 string only (just like the American model), in either rosewood with and alder body, or maple with an ash body. The color/finish choices for all models will be: Natural '59 Burst Olympic White Sonic Blue Black Lake Placid Blue Candy Apple Red Corsica Blue Mica Transparent White, Blue or Red Best of all, looks to me like they will be approximately $1000 less than the made-in-Brooklyn basses.