I am resident in the UK and I just received my WAV4 today from Thomann in Germany. It cost me £660 (990 euros) which I think is a little more than the US dollar price, but that's nothing new in europe Playing through Korg Pandora PX-3B effects box (just for the tone control) and Gallien-Krueger MBE amp. Its my first upright bass and I have to say I'm pretty impressed. With my electric bass I keep the GK tone controls flat and use the PX-3B for tone adjustment so I've done the same for the EUB and after messing with the settings on the PX-3B I think have a fairly convincing upright sound. I noticed a post suggesting the finger board is dyed, I am pretty sure it is, mine is not exactly even coloured lots of quite light bits in it, it doesn't bother me though, adds to the character. For a total novice the "fret" marks are a great help, I feel as though I could gig it almost straight away, well on the less taxing stuff anyway! I also suffered from the dreaded black fingers and they also became quite sticky but after about 6 hours playing and several cleans with Fast Fret it seems to have warn off. I think I will change the strings in the near future, can any one suggest a good replacement for Latin Jazz style?