Okay, I'm gassing for a local (well, a round trip from the crawfish fields within 3 hours) used bass: the Sterling by Music Man Sub Ray4. The black one with the maple fret board! He's asking one hundred and fifty american dollars! I would go let my ears be the judge, but it's a 3 hour tour and I'm poor (there! I said it). I've done my searches and haven't really got a good sense of the tonal characteristics of this bass. If any one out there has opinions after owning or playing/testing out the Subs, please respond. I'm looking for a classic p bass type 4 string but also play heavy metal. thanks, fnord!