Here's one for you: I traded my '83 Ken Smith yesterday for a 5-string Eshenbaugh bass with a fellow T-basser. [No good pics or comments until I get it back from Mark Eshenbaugh as there is an issue I want him look at. More on this later Anyhow, every since I saw Leon's R-bass, I wanted one. The build quality of the R-Bass was better than anything I had ever seen before. Yesterday, when I touched the Eshenbaugh, it felt just like the R-Bass--VERY SCMOOTH and RIGHT! I couldn't put it down all last night, this morning, lunch break, etc..! I called Mark Eshenbaugh to talk about the preamp and he asked me to send the bass to him [only three hours away] and he'll hook it up for free. I let him know how much I liked the bass and that the build quality was outstanding. I told him that the bass reminds me ALOT of an R-Bass. He laughed and said that Ray Rogers, builder of R-Basses, also studied under Carl Thompson. He remarked, "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree" Mark Eshenbaugh appears to be the real deal. I called him before I traded for the bass and he assured me that he stood behind his basses 100%. He told me that if I bought the bass, he would send me a free pack of DR-strings so that the bass would be as originally built.