The Doc is a jazz musician and it appears that any instrument sounds great in his hands. It is interesting to hear the different "voices" in each. It is nice to know how much we can get from some of the inexpensive instruments.
I have gone a bit different route and have spent approximately $350 on each of my Favillas. I also have a modern Kala electric bari that sold for about $190. I like to have different strings on each bari and perhaps that accentuates the difference.
I feel that the money spent on an instrument makes many wonderful returns. How many joyful hours per $ are you getting?
Thank you Dr. Bekken for sharing. There are many brand choices and all of these sounded like keepers.