I must officially post my opinion that the Robelli fretless is a really decent value bass for those looking to step into the world of fretless. The one I played was set up REALLY well (admittedly a surprise) and it played like BUTTAH. Very low action, very fast, very responsive. Really surprising growl and mwah, nice strings on it. The fingerboard is composite, adding to the brightness. And it's like 30 "frets" -- all the way up to high C on the G string. That's the same range as my 24-fret 6-string! Didn't have a stunning amount of low end, but that's not what it's shooting for. The only trick for a first-time fretless player would be the absence of side marker dots. Well, there are two: at 12th and 24th position! I'd probably add some with White-Out, at least at 5 , 7, and 19. All told, for $250, ya gotta consider it. But be sure you play the one you're gonna take first -- a couple of the other Robelli basses I played had serious electronics problems like a volume pot that rotated continuously, and bad output jacks. So there may be quality issues. But as long as you get one that works, this thing appears to be a pretty good value.