the uv777 was very cool. i got it from the same friend, he had 2. at the time i couldnt get used to a 7 so i gave up and sold it on ebay. bad move, wish i had it back. recently i traded for another and am gonna give it a chance again. i got wash 7 now - doesnt compare. think im gonna get a 7 str xiphos - i own 2 6er's & love um.