I took my first trip to Rondo Music yesterday after reading all the raves about Essex and Brice basses. It was a nice place, really nice sales staff (for a change). I went mainly to check out their short scale offerings. I was thinking about getting the short scale P and rodding it out a bit. It sounded alright and the neck wasn't bad, but the nut was a disaster and the nut slot was way too thin. I really don't want to go do far as to start cutting into the neck. Still, not bad for $99. Their viola bass was pretty nice. Very light, nice deep acoustic sound. The finish was great except for some of the binding. Then I spied this beauty... I had to have her. I really can't beleive the quality of this bass for the price. It plays great, the action needs a small adjustment to cure some buzz. The pickups sound great. The bridge is nice and punchy and the neck adds the low down rumble. The finish is aboslutely flawless. It doesn't show as much grain as a Gibson, but for this price who cares. There is even a thick layer of shielding paint in the control cavity...I was shocked. Its definitely neck heavy, but not as bad a the short scale P. I think changing the strap button locations and a set of ultrlaites will balance her out. The wrap over bridge doesn't allow for individual string intonation, but there are two small screws on the back of the bridge that allow you to change the angle of the whole bridge. Still, I'll probably slap a regualr tunomatic on there. I'll probably replace all the pots and the switch and add a push pull to allow the two pickups to be wired series/parallel. Also, there is a small part of the pickguard that isn't bevelled, but thats an easy fix. She'll be one great rock bass real soon. I also picked up a slightly damaged case for $5. It fits my new baby and is an easy fix with a little plywood. Thanks to everyone for recomending Rondo, I ca'nt wait to go back.