Just a few thigns...what sets some basses so high above in price of others. I see how handmades need more time and require more work....but what difference does it make in terms of playability and tone. Take for example the MTD Saratoga and an MTD 535. Apart from the price range whats so special about the MTD 535. (by the way i love my MTD saratoga) Another thing - i was looking thru musician's friend and was shocked to see a Jaco bass for 3000 smackers. Right next to it a Standard Jazz for 625. Why a 2400 price leap? They only stated what was specific on the Jazz in terms of pickups and the like. The Jaco was just fretless and had some of his paint dings on it. I feel like i'm writing an essay and heres my conclusion - what sets less expensive basses apart form the upper tier of expensive basseS?