When I pulled into Phoenix (actually Tempe, I think) on Wednesday, I figured I might as well get a couple of music stores visited before I checked into the fabulous Camelback Inn. So I grooved on out the 202 loop to Scottsdale Road, and dropped in at The Bass Place. I walked in and was greeted by Heather, who handles the in-store sales, internet sales and frequents TB. Lee was there, too. OK. Gobs o' basses, amps, and accessories. I hung out there for what must've been a couple hours. There are hundreds of basses on the walls (I didn't memorize them, so see their web site) including Laklands, Moduli, G.Goulds, and the requisite Fenders, Peaveys, Corts, and others in all price ranges. Amps? Eden, SWR, Aguilar, Ashdown, GK, et al. A guy came in, played an Ashdown Mag 300 410 combo for about 15 seconds, bought it and took it away. Anyway, they let me play a prototype Lakland Hollowbody through a DB750 and a D-410XLT. Very thumpy. Played a G.Gould, too. So here's the deal. The prices I saw marked on things were very competitive, kind of like what you'd have to haggle for elsewhere. Heather and Lee were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. No, they didn't give me any perks to say this stuff, there's just a good vibe there. On the other hand, I did sense a bit of a Gard-like presence, summoning one to buy gear, in a mildly evil way. Anyway, this ain't to cut BC's pot of gold, but just to make you aware of another quality company out there with lots of good crud.