I wanted a violin bass to get that famous retro sound, and also because I think they're beautiful. I was originally after a Hofner of course. It turns out that Hofner come in three price brackets,that's cheappo, reasonable, and blummin' ek! This alternative Tanglewood model was recommended to me by a muso freind in the know - now don't let the moniker fool you, it plays great. So much so, I've used it on virtually all my 2012 recordings. I got it second hand, but in pristine condition, and it was already set up perfectly. Very very easy to play.