http://www.bassinside.com/2003/august/wish.htm this tells the whole story.. i like the quotes like "Steve: I avoid 'luthier supply' places like the plague, and deal with furniture supply places as much as possible. It is a difference of philosophy. Perfection is very expensive... 85% of perfection is easy. Most of the price on an instrument is finish and perfection." and I buy wholesale, but not in large quantities. Good lucky with that. To me it's like the difference between Henry Ford and Ettore Bugatti... Ford is still in business. Bugatti made the greatest cars ever, and lost money on every one. In America, the guy was Duesenberg. Top-end hand work, labour of love, and working at a loss. I make an instrument every day or so. Usually I ship five a week. I try to keep 30 or so going at any one time and do batches of ten or so in every stage of production. I use abrasives as much as possible, and work ten+ hours a day seven days a week. one bass a day!!!! thats insane!!!! now you know why the workman ship is less than perfect..that bass was made in one day steve '