My local music store has recently become a Pedulla dealer, so yesterday I finally got around to going and checking to see what they had gotten in. They had 3 of them still in stock, 2 of them had sold right away (2 Buzz models, which I would've liked to try out). Anyway, they had 2 Thunderbolt 5's, one fretless and one fretted. They also had a Rapture J2 as well. I have never spent much time or paid much attention to Pedulla's before, but all I have to say now is "WOW". The fretless had the most beautiful birdseye maple board that I have ever seen, and the top wood was equally as stunning. The fretted T-bolt had what looked to be something like a black cherry burst over flame maple, and was stunning as well. The Rapture was pretty plain, natural finish maple body with a tortoise shell pickguard, and had a birdseye maple board on it. After playing these basses, I cannot believe there is not more talk of them here. I didn't play the fretless plugged in, but I did spend some time with the fretted Thunderbolt and the Rapture. Needless to say, I am having serious gas for a new Pedulla now. In fact, I just about had them put the Rapture on hold for me. They both just about played themselves--the neck shape coupled with the low setup that both of them had made them totally effortless to play. I spent more time with the Rapture, for some reason that bass seemed to just feel and sound perfect to me. To me, it was the perfect definition of what I want in a 5 string jazz bass. I have no real point to all of this, just thought I would share. And after recovering from my new Roscoe purchase, I think I know what my next bass is going to be after that.