and I finally got to try a hollowbody with darkstar pickups. It was everything I ever imagined, which makes it all the more frustrating that I won't be able to afford on for another year or so. The Whole Story... I was actually there for an openhouse testing of the new Lakland pickups and pre, which also lived up to expectations. Very clear, almost too clear, but with a very adjustable midrange. It was my first experience at a bass factory and I was floored at just how open the whole experience was. Dan Lakin was friendly and helpfull, and we were given free reign to go just about everywhere. There were 3 stations setup with lots of basses lined up to try. I got to try a Decade, a Glaub with darkstar, the aforemetioned hollowbody, and a bunch of others, including the first Lakland ever made! They treated us very well. Snacks of course, but the freebies we recieved for testing were especially great. We were able to select any kind of lakland strings (4/5, round/flat, steel/nickel) or a strap (a nice,comfortable, VERY wide Levy's black leather/cotton weave "Lakland" strap) and those of us who brought an active bass to try got two sets of strings and the strap! It's kind of sureal to get almost 80 bucks of (usefull) swag for coming by, playing a couple of basses and wiriting a 5-10 sentence review. One final note, it was a review of the new electronics and pickups but, they didn't leave out those of us (like me) who own the cheapest -01 series of instruments that would benifit from only the preamp and not the picups, due to the mk1 pickup routes. In a separate room, where Hanson electronics (the group that does the elctronics) was about to be relocated to, they had two identical 44-01's setup with the only difference being that one had the standard mk1 pre and one had the new Lakland/Hanson pre. So as well as helping out Lakland to test and review the electronics, it felt like I got my own question (should I upgrade my 55-01 to the new pre?) answered conclusively as well. All in all, an experience that exceeded my expectations in every way. The attendees also reinforced my opinoin that bassists are about the friendliest, most personable type of musicians out there. Were their any other TB'ers there who might have some pictures?