I've had this Skjold Design fretless 5 for a few months now. Last night I had an audition and had the first real opportunity to crank it. Also this was the first time I was able to AB against my Ken Smith. Bear in mind the SD has passive electronics. The Skjold flat smoked the Smith. I just couldn't believe it. The only knobs between the two basses that have any similarity are the volume knobs. The Smith has always sounded great to me and I've always felt like I had pretty good tonal control right from the instrument.....until last night. The tone knob (1) does more in a 10th of a turn than any of the Smiths' pots at full tilt. Its also considerably louder with the same amp settings. The action I actually had Pete raise just a hair. I never thought I'd say that in a million years. The low action and thin neck offer a playability that I've never experienced in 23 years. I'd put the weight at 7 lbs. That's about 30% lighter than a freakin' Les Paul! I opened the case in front of the other guys and it was like when Jon Travolta opened the briefcase in Pulp Fiction. Really beautiful. Black Limba Body, 3 piece maple neck with a Bloodwood fretboard, Bloodwood pickup cover and knobs. All hardware is Hipshot. Pete is really starting to make a name for himself. Here's the reason why: HE MAKES THE BEST BASSES, period. Whenever you call, Pete answers the phone. If you ever have a problem, however unlikely, Pete takes care of you promptly. Bang for the buck? I could've spent more on a Fender or the like. Pete's basses are hand made, cut out on jigs, not on computers. I want another one. You need one. I told Pete he needed to change the logo on his new straps. His last name, Skjold, sounds like shold. So I told him he neede to name his bass strap the Skjolder Strap. He didn't think anybody would get but pretty funny none the less. So do you guys think anyone would get it?