Well, After trying out about 10 basses, (two at Gary's place, what a great guy, and what an amazing shop!) I was going to wait 'till tax return season and up the limit, but unfortunately my wife's practical nature prevailed, and so I ended up getting 2 basses and was under my budget by $10!
One is a 3/4 hybrid Roma that I really dig the tone of, and the other is a BSX Allegro that was for sale here in the classified. I'm diggin' the Roma now, and the BSX will arrive next week, so I'm up to my ears in uprights at the moment (Roma, NXT, BSX, and a project on my bench). I figure I'll probably end up with one of these (yeah right) in the long run.
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