Hello, I just found a new 7/8ths 5-string Shen 800, and I loved it. It is beautiful, plays wonderfully and has an enormous sound. The guy is asking $8000.00. My Last bass purchase was a mistake. I spent 2,500 for a carved bass that crumbled in just a few years. It is time for, and I am excited to get a new instrument, but I am scared about throwing down for a NEW bass, and one made in a factory in China at that. However, I was impressed with this instrument, and wanted to get a sense of people experiences with these instruments. Thank You!