The hotly-discussed tome has been in my hands for a few weeks now and I've got a few general impressions, maybe others have some too. it truly does cover a lot of ground -- there may not be complete information on anything you'd want to know, but there likely is some information. I've already found cause more than once to use it as a quick reference; I'm sure it will get much more of that sort of use. It's an ideal library book for that reason. Too bad most DB players have to maintain their own library.... it's got an index, glossary, specs list and supplier/reference lists -- this stuff sounds basic but it's missing or really sucky in many practical publications, especially those self-published or published by small houses diagrams plentiful and mostly good, photographs not so plentiful and not so good. it's got a confusing layout -- I don't really grok the way the book is laid out conceptually. To get Traeger's overall picture on setting up and fitting a new bridge, for example, you're going to more than one place in the book. This is when you really need a good index and we're lucky to have one here. the parts where the focus is strongly on "optimal sound" should be consolidated and moved into a separate section, IMO -- as we've seen all too often around TalkBass, the idea of an optimal sound is an invitation to an argument. Why start it willfully by embedding optimization into the fabric of every section? In any kind of practical manual such as this it's common to see a "tweaking" section. I think this would be a better book with more tweaking info, even. The user of the book should be able to easily distinguish between the way a thing must be done and why, and the way a thing can be done and why. As a bass player and successful-so-far bass tinkerer who lives in a bass-sparse part of the world, I plunked my money down for what appears to be the closest thing we have to a comprehensive text on bass setup and repair. For the most part I feel that's what I've got. Any flaws it has aren't hidden and serious; rather, they are typical of the genre and they are minor. I am much better off with the book than without it, I'm quite sure of that. Very happy to have it along.