First off, no I don't work for mousiciansfriend.com. Just saw over at MusiciansFriend.com that they are clearing out the older Nathan East style BB series (just replaced by a new model), BB404 (4 string) and BB405 (5 string) for $199 and $229 resepctively (free shipping to boot). I had a BB405 and am sorry I sold it! Hell of a price for those as they REALLY kick ass. The review of the new BB's in Bass Player talks about how great the BB series has always been. This is the deal of the century if you are looking for a new bass to start with or a great backup (it might just become your primary)!