I'm maybe an advanced beginner with double bass. After playing rentals and full-plywood basses, I want to go to the next step. So in FMI (Fantastic Musical Instruments in Pasadena), I tried out their carved-top basses, and this one really stood out. My GF said its sound makes her weep inside ... where the others in the shop just bored her: (The audio from my Google Pixel 2 phone is pretty accurate, except: in person, the bass isn't boomy, as it comes across in the video. Bassy, for sure - a nice balanced tone with highs, mids, and a real bass unlike what I'm used to from an upright.) I feel shaky buying something "expensive" like this, but to both me and my GF, the bass had amazing tone. Lots of complexity and resonance; sounds vaguely like a piano, we think. Also: it has deep bass frequencies unlike any of the others in the shop. It seems to be a pretty unique model; I can't find any for sale or listed anywhere with the particular combination of 7/8 scale and Busetto corners. It does look like the Busetto shape makes for a larger body size - the curves don't slope in as tightly as gamba and violin. The next thing that was striking was how easy it was to play. I'm think it's 50% chance, the right size neck and radius for my hands. But 50% the design and set up. It felt like a low-action electric, but no buzzing. And without much effort I got great sounds – possibly some synergy with the high output from the other physical characteristics. About the size: the string scale length is 42.5 inches, putting it in 7/8 territory. I had never considered anything but 3/4 (and even thought of going smaller!) But it was there in the shop, so I thought why not? For context, I stand 5'7" and had no problem with the instrument. A couple things about it were visibly different from the 3/4 basses: the bridge looks like is a good half-inch taller, and the strings stand out farther. And the scroll itself is bigger. But it didn't feel like a bigger instrument at all. And like I wrote above, my perception is that it's easier to play than the 3/4 basses I'm used to. It might require a 7/8 size bag... that should be the only accommodation for it.