I've been a fan of these for a while now but never made the leap. One turned up this weekend and I jumped on it.
Samick Greg Bennett Corsair MCR-1 mini bass. Even the name is bigger than the bass.
It's a mini bass that sounds full sized. 24" scale, practically weightless (imagine a heavy fly-swatter), even got a Protech gigbag for it that looks like a custom fit (it's their 1/2 Acoustic bag). This thing is a hoot; roll off the treble and it has a surprisingly deep tone, deeper than most full-sized fours. Bring the treble up and it does an equally surprising old school P bass fingerstyle and slap thing. The kicker: I can do ridiculous bends and stretches on this thing... going up a fourth is a piece of cake AND it stays in tune. Needless to say I can do some seven or eight fret stretches with it. And FAST. I checked it out this last time through an Ampeg 210 combo with effects in a store and everyone who walked by did a double take. Way too much fun. I plan on gigging with it.
I've mentioned before that contrary to conventional wisdom, despite being predominantly a six string player, I tend to wank more (when I wank) on fours. This four just ramps that up to a silly degree so I'll likely need to exercise restraint.
The same store had four Kala Uke basses; a solid body and three hollowbodies. They sounded cool, this bass just grabbed me. Now if only Samick offered this in a five... hint hint
I took it to the Brubaker shop yesterday and Kevin was equally impressed... so of course we spitballed about a short-short scale KXB- or NBS-6. Or doing a preamp and a pair of 59J's in this bass. Nah... it's great as-is.
So here's an inexpensive bass (around $150 new IIRC, I got mine used in like new condition) that's a ton of fun. If you're in the market heck, even if you aren't, you should put your hands on one of these. Might surprise ya. Like I said, I've been a fan for a while now, glad I finally got one.