Last night Xush (mark) was intown (ATL) to see the Yes concert that is actually tonight and I had the rare oppt'y to try two rather rare basses: FBB SC8 and JP Plume Fretless 5: Well, Schuyler and I originally planned to redezvous with Mark so we could see his FBB SC 8-string and get a hands-on feel of how Matt Schmill (FBB) executed the heel carving. This is because one of the next basses that I'm thinking on having Schuyler build for me is an SC6. The only problem is that in the Atlanta-area, there aren't any Single-Cutaway basses around to look at for ideas. Anyways...Mark also brought the JP Plume 5 along. Sky and I were totally floored. It is an amazingly well-crafted sonic beauty of an instrument. We were both scratching our heads about how the neck is set, (*JP feel free to chime in and explain this for us). The solid black limba is very simple and elegant looking... Rather light, very well balanced and has great ebony knobs. Plugged it into my Trace V-type/Crown/GS112... Ahhh! mwawhatever y'all call it, this bass has it and totally sang. Got some great finger-punchy articulate mid action. Got a great modern-sounding blues/R&B/P-bass tone with the front pickup solo'd (or nearly solo'd). I love the Preamp, don't know much about John East's stuff, do tell if knowledgable. The neck felt very comfy and the spacing must be very close to what I'm playing now, it felt great. The one thing I can say about playing that JP Plume is that it played like a bass that I've owned for years... I totally want one, but gotta hold off for right now. Great job JP!, thank you Mark... Oh yeah, here is a pic of us three hanging (mini GTG '04) in the hotel with the basses: Schuyler, Mark Christianson & Me.