I just got the new Bass Player yesterday, and found the Pulcinella Level 5 review very interesting. Basically, the reviewer found that the bass was well-designed and sounded good, but that it was also somewhat sloppily made. Also, Matt Pulcinella sent two other basses to the magazine; they're reviewed in a little text box on the bottom of the big review. And the reviewer raved about the 2 other basses. . . which leads one to wonder why Mr. Pulcinella didn't just send THEM as the main review basses. Or maybe BP decides??? Anyway, I'd love to hear opinions from people who have owned Pulcinellas. . . I've owned two. The first one (built in 2000) was very well-built, but I found its tone to be unexciting. The second (built early in 1999) had some build-quality issues (which I never noticed, but which the guy who bought it from me then brought to my attention), but was an awesome slap bass, and pretty good for fingerstyle too. Somewhere out there is an amazing Level 5 with a really bright sunburst-over-quilt finish, matching headstock, and Bart X-5's which was the best bass I've ever played. I tried to trade for it at Bass Palace, but the deal fell thru and someone bought the bass for cash. . . sigh!