Hey all, I got a Washburn Taurus T-25 as a backup/practice/another bass to have for alternative tunings that we use (standard, e flat, drop D and flat tuning with drop D flat). Anyway, here is my opinion of this bass. Appearance: Great looking bass to look at. I read that the body is a rip off of a custom builder (name eludes me a the moment). The woods used are beautiful (Mahogany, etc). Love the neck thru also. Construction: This model won a Bass Player mag "Outstanding Construction" award in a shootout, but here is my opinion. A mixed bag in terms of contruction. Made in Vietman of all places. On the pros, again, the body looks great. Finish is even, pots are tight and are not scratcy. Neck finish is nice too and the neck is pretty fast. The heal shape is great for those who go to the 20th + fret regularly. Tuners look/feel like Gotoh (heck they may even be the real deal). Bridge is ok, nothing special or terribly cheap like on a SX. Electronics compartment is neat and painted w shielded paint and even the cover is shielded. On the cons, the frets are slighty sharp and I found 2 spots with what appears to be a slightly uneven fret or two, nothing major at all, a $60 fret job will take care of the shap frets and uneven ones. The nut is plastic (functional but "eh") and the two volume and tone knobs should be reversed with each other (the volume and the tone for the bridge pup is closer to the neck pup). Sound: I must admit, thus far, I'm pretty impressed. I've read mixed reviews on the Washburn "ABT" electronics, but they sound good to my ears. The bridge pup cuts thru real nice and the neck pup gets nice and low when the tone is cut and growls nicly with the tone up. One MAJOR plus on this bass is the B string. Man, I tell yeah, it's as tight as ANYTHING that I have played. I own a LeCompte, have played Zons, Pedullas, F basses, etc, etc and it's crazy just how tight the B is on this bargain bass. I HATE to admit this, but the B slightly beats my LeCompte (but the LeCompte blows it away EVERYWHERE else). Needless to say, I'm pleasantly shocked on this item. I got the bass new off of dealer on Ebayfor $250 shipped to my door. Add a $60 fret job and setup. Oh, it came setup like crap but I spent some time with it and got it pretty close. I think that I have a bargain keeper!