This past weekend I picked up my La Scala laminate #190 from the venerable Arnold Schnitzer in Brewster, NY. The great reviews on these basses are many and unanimous, and you can add my name to the list. Mine looks wonderful, plays like butter, and sounds terrific. Unlike many or most of you NS owners who have posted here, I purchased the La Scala to have as a backup or alternative to my main bass, a fully carved Gagnon which is the only bass I've owned for 15 years. I figured if I'm going to get another bass, it's not going to sit in the corner -I'm going to get some use out of it. So my carved bass will have a more old-school (half gut) setup, and the La Scala with Spiros will be used where a more modern approach is called for, or higher volumes, or outdoor gigs where I don't want to subject the carved bass to the heat. Not that I plan on mistreating the new girl, mind you. It's just great to have another option, and to know that if I ever have to take one bass to the shop I've got another one I can gig on. And the La Scala is every bit as gigworthy as the Gagnon, which is valued at 3 times the cost of the former. Arnold was a pleasure to meet and deal with. While I was there, he was kind enough to evaluate the Gagnon, and advise me on some work I am considering having him do. Not only that, but gave me a free soundpost adjustment to boot. He was complimentary of the Gagnon, as it is one of the older ones built before Jaques lost all of his good workers and wood resources. I am enjoying getting to know the new bass. It is really fun to play. I can definately see why Arnold's reputation for his FB dressing and set-up work is unmatched. The Spiros are still untamed, but once they mellow I'm sure it will sound even better. Wil did a nice dark finish at my request, and I am very pleased with the look. I know you'll want pics, so I will try to post some ASAP. Call me another satisfied customer!