After all the mumbo jumbo going on in here about the Palatino EUB not being an instrument that Pros even bother looking at and rather pay 3, 4, $5000 for something which is said to sound amazingly similar a real double basse but in reality is far from doing so. I've been playing double bass in jazz situations for 30 years and have an amazing old acoustic double bass with an incredible sound. Being I travel a fair amount abroad I got tired of dealing with the nightmares most travelling double bassists have encountered throughout their travels. So, not believing for a minute that paying crazy amounts of money for an EUB, I decided to buy a cheap one (Palatino ve-500) and see for myself whether something good could be done with this instrument, being everyone had nothing but bad things to say about them. Now I know from experience that you can fall on bad ones and great ones just like going out and trying out a bass in a shop and out of the 10 that you try, they all sound different and if you know something about them then you know a good one from a bad one which do exist even in cheaper instruments and is the same for even expensive ones. But you have to also be able to distinguish between good and bad. These Palatino basses are cheaply made but do have some good things about them and so, once you've discovered what is bad about them, you throw them out and replace the parts with better quality ones which is what I did and still kept me in the half the price range of any of those fancy EUBs that claim to sound great. Here's a run down on what I have done so far with very satisfying results for a EUB sounding at its best. 1- New high quality bridge well cut which is essential for playing facility and how well it will vibrate on the body. 2- Of course the best strings you can find and for me after experimenting with Spirocores which are kind of the classic jazz strings everyone has been using for years and which I use on my acoustic double bass. I found that the best sounding strings for this EUB are the Obligato strings which are synthetic core with a very thin metal wrap. They were designed to emulate gut strings and I find they give a much warmer sound than any other strings installed on the Palatino. 3- Surely if you have a Palatino you noticed that the tailpiece is made of metal which attaches to a small wooden block where the strings are installed. What I did was remove the whole metal piece and kept the wooden section and also left the metal clamp that holds the tailpiece in place at the bottom of the bass. I got some 1/8 inch stranded wire which fits perfectly threw the existing holes in the wooden section and reconnected everything back to the clamp which is screwed at the bottom of the bass. Easy as pie ! By doing this I also made the tailpiece much shorter by using just a short piece of stranded wire and once i installed all the strings loosely, I cut a small piece of wood about 3 1/2 inches long the width of the wooden tailpiece section and placed under the wooden tailpiece as to raise the tailpiece much more than it stood before doing this and also seems to make things vibrate better. This was done because if you know anything about tailpiece adjustments you surely heard about people having risers install where the wire runs over the bass coming from the endpin. By doing this you are releiving tension on the body and also the string tension which lets everything vibrate more freely. I did this since I found the string tension on the palatino was extremely tight compare to my own acoustic double bass and since I had a previous bass years ago where my luthier had done this to that bass. 4- I already had a Realist pickup and Full Circle at home which I had tried on the bass with fairly good results but a friend of mine lent me his Realist Lifeline pickup and so I gave it a try and found that this pickup aside from being able to be taken off easily to use on another bass, it gave me the best sound out of all three. 5- Last one which doesn't really have anything to do with sound, I changed the tuning machines since the palatino ones are pretty wimpy and after a certain amount of time start slipping and wear down . Conclusion: Even with all these modifications I am still way way way under the cost of having to buy the high cost EUBs out there. Hope some of this can be useful to you all Cheers P.S. No Carl !!! I won't be posting photos but I will gladly send you a sound file so that you stop having nightmares about how yours sounds and at the same time you can use those photos of yours as placemats on your dining table.