i was curious to see if anyone has actually compared the the new upton hybrid against the old. i have a european import model that was built in 2007. i think it is a good bass and meets my needs. i am somewhat offended by uptons advertisment of the burning bass and the "out with the old, in with the new". basically saying out with the crap and now we finally got it right. i find it hard to believe the new version is that much better than the old. i could be wrong i have not tried the new ones. these guys build quality intruments and not just since they went to doing everything in house. maybe they are using more quality materials to build the basses with, hence the higher price. i think its great that they are doing it all USA, but are they saying what they did before was crap? i would be interested to hear how they compare.