Hey, at my gig in New Jersey this past Friday, I got to try out a Mathias Thoma double bass. I have no idea what model it was, but the guy who rented it said it was a carved top bass. It also looked like a carved one-piece back, too, so I'm thinking it was an MT-1. I see on the net that they are like $2850 new. This one was far from new...lots of finish checking, and the strings felt like they were original issue (I have no idea what kind but the windings by the tailpiece were blue with black striped thread and different colors at the peghead, which leads me to believe they were Pirastros, maybe). I have to tell you...I was more impressed by my Upton Jazz/Bluegrass, which is plywood and about $1300 cheaper. I have heard that a carved bass always beats a plywood bass. So why didn't I dig this one? Is it not a very good bass? Or am I just dumb?