I went to Sam Ash and they had a Robelli for 53% off of list.. So I said the heck with it. It was between a cheap upright and an Eminence double bass. I bought it for $625. Now, let me preface this by saying all I play is jazz.. If I play classical its only for my own enjoyment. Having played it at SamAsh I thought it had a decent sound and decent play ability for a $625 bass. Its no $15k+ bass but its not as horrible as some of the reviews I have read on here. There is only one problem. There is a rattle. I'm thinking its the endpin. If I play the bass on its side without weight on the endpin, there is no rattle. Only rattles while on the bass. Is this an easy fix? I'm not looking for an "investment" bass. I'm looking for a bass that I can play some jazz/big band gigs with. Will I be happy with this bass for now until I can afford an upper level bass several years down the road? Will I have any major problems right off the bat? My gut feeling is it'll do its job for a couple years and then it would be a great bass to sell to a beginner. This bass was one of the better sounding basses I have played all day and I've tried basses in the $2500-$5000 range. Did I get a "Factory freak" or has their quality just gotten better?