I searched for threads on Merchant Verticals, but all I got was "Azola floating tops rule". That's cool, but I do like that the Verticals are made-to-order. With NS and Alter-Ego, at least I can hear sound clips from endorsers. Still, I'm wondering if it really matters much what EUB is the best nowadays with technology like what Roland is coming up with (V-bass and V-guitar). If all one has to do is plug into an effects box to get a rad acoustic sound, then would something like what Bill Merchant offers appear more appealing to doublebassists? Anyone tried Bill Merchant's latest version or use effects-box magic to compensate for a missing soundbox?