I've got to be honest, I kind of wanted to NOT like it. I guess I just thought more people would have them if they played and sounded good. Sure they're expensive, but so are Foderas and Alembics. I assumed they were all about the looks and "status." But, that didn't stop me from wanting to find out for sure. So I headed down to Bass Club after the website told me that they had two Royas. Very impressive basses, both in terms of tone and playability! Well, I only played one of them - the 5A maple topped one. I would describe the tone as quite aggressive but "tight." The B string was especially nice; very taut with a very round tone. The entire instrument resonated with each note (probably thanks to the TEN bolt neck) and harmonics literally jumped out of the bass. For a second, I almost thought I could play Portrait of Tracy For a second. Now, the neck was NOT for me. It was a little on the fat side with kind of a unique profile that's hard to describe. It was kind of a "softer" C that ended up being kind of sharp at the edges, if that makes any sense at all. My biggest dislike was the fact that it didn't seem to be tapered at all. Of course, I like Jazz-type necks, and I know a lot of people are just the opposite, so I'm not "judging" the neck, just saying it wasn't for me. That being said, after playing for a few minutes, it quickly began to feel more comfortable. Still not my ideal "cup of tea," but far from something I couldn't deal with, unlike some super-chunky Warwicks that I just can't get around easily. Plus, I really got the feeling that the neck was contributing to the tone in a significant way, much more than any other bass that I've played. The bass was also surprisingly light. It was made of swamp ash, so I guess that makes sense in retrospect. Anyway, that's all, just thought I'd share my description of a bass that carries a hefty price tag but generally must be bought without the opportunity to try out. For what it's worth, I was playing through an Aguilar DB750 and a Berg AE410. The combo was fantastic. Anyone else have any Ritter experiences? How did your impressions compare to mine? Thanks EDIT: Big thanks to Mark at Bass Club for letting me bang around on it with absolutely no intention to buy He's a great guy.