I've been a Fodera player (among other basses) for many years. I love the Fodera sound (Pope preamp and Aero or Seymour dual coils) but always found the Fodera necks big since I have relatively small hands. I just purchased a bass made by Chris Stambaugh. This bass has Aero dual coils and the four band Pope preamp. It is very well made, relatively inexpensive for the very high quality, has a very knifey/small neck profile, and sounds somewhat Fodera-ish. The maple neck has very large wenge stringers with a nice ebony board... very punchy and really solid. I was not familiar with his products until I say this bass on the Luthier's Access Group website. It's still there (it's the 35" scale bass listed as one of the 'Stambaugh Twins' on the home page of the site, if anyone wants to take a look. Anyway, for you small-hand people that are looking for that 'New York' type sound, it might be an option for you.