I want to keep this focused on instruments (basses and maybe a guitar or two). So tell us, what is your weakness? What specific bass (brand, model, configuration, price point, color, top wood etc.) make you say yes? I buy and sell a lot of basses. It's a hobby of mine, I guess. And this morning I was going through my Saved Searches on eBay, and I started to notice a pattern. I also focused on my "head talk", meaning my process of vetting a bass (and a few guitars) and really what makes me say yes to them (or no). Some might call it a fetish. But, it was interesting to note my process, which is quite speedy, through which I decide YES or NO in terms if outright buying or at least getting into the bidding process. So, here's what I noticed: A. In terms of basses, I'm very focused on 1. Alembic: I'm NOT interested in Epics (though they are quite good!) a. I prefer dark figured tops and 5 strings. b. I'm very weary of older Alembics (older instruments in general) c. I like basses with omegas. d. I'm strictly a deal or rare/historical significance shopper. e. I'm constantly thinking...at this price, can I get out of this bass if it's a dud? f. I don't like Alembic guitars (non-bass instruments). 2. Lightwave: a. I'm always a buyer if they are used and cheap. b. I prefer the hybrid models. d. A top quality bass, excellent sound, but not well known and resale is usually kinda weak, so good for me! 3. EBMM a. If it's got a roasted neck and it's priced right, I'm going to buy it. b. I love the less popular EBMM's too, such as the Reflex and the Big Al's. 4. Ibanez a. I probably own 70 -90 at any given time b. I rarely buy new c. If it's a high end model or of Japanese manufacture, I'm probably going to buy it. d. I am very versed in resale value and very careful NOT to fall in love. I love Ibby's, but they universally have bad resale value. If I see one I like, if the price is out if my pentameter even by $20 I won't buy it because I know another one, generally, will come along. e. I like to buy mid-high level SR's and SRX's as project basses (hardware and electronics upgrades). f. I love poplar burl tops (SRxxx"PB"). 5. Other brands I buy: a. Fender (rarely. I like to buy cheap Fenders or Squires as projects). b. Status (If it's a 5 string and priced right I buy it). c. Ritter (if it's 5 string and under $5K, I'm interested. d. I'm in the market for fretted Pedulla's, Lowenherz, SEI, Roscoe, Warrior, PRS, Prestige Wylde, and Mike Lull basses. e. I'm NOT interested in Fodera, Rickenbacker, MTD, Specter, or Gibson. B. Guitars 1. I have a weakness for boutique Telecasters. Esp with TV Jones p/u's. I'm in love with Red Rocket guitars! 2. I love very unique and multi pu guitars. One of my favorite finds recently was a cheap Alden "Quadrastar" 4 pickup guitar. I love Scott Walker, Knaggs, FNH, and other brands that put out cool/unique stuff. 3. I love USA Deans. 4. I'm more of a Fender guy when it comes to guitars than basses. I love to find deals. I now see that I love to find cheap basses and turn them into great sounding basses. I love high end basses, but only if I can buy them at prices that are market averse. I love the chase, such as scouring evilbay, pawnshops and TB classifieds. What about you??