I've been torturing myself over a decision on a new bass recently, and here's how it turned out... *I know - if I like it and if it feels nice and sounds good, then it's the right choice. I'm just curious what you would have done.* I got a used 1987 Alembic Elan. (It was tagged as 1987, but the serial starts with an 89. I need to look it up.) It came down to the Alembic, or a Warwick Thumb Bleached Blonde limited edition. (number 3 of 300-something, signed and everything with the really cool mountain/wolf inlays.) Both were used, both nice, both cost almost the same. The Warwick had a little fret wear, but it was in otherwise mint condition. The Alembic is incredible condition. I can't find anything wrong with it. It was a hard decision, because I like Warwick, I like Warwick Thumb basses in particular, and it's one cool looking bass. On the other hand, I have NEVER come across an Alembic in a store before, and I didn't know if I should pass up the chance to own one. All that said, I really like the Alembic. I plays incredibly well - very, very smooth. I only have my crappy practice amp here, but it even sounds great on that. Pics soon. I'm having a hard time describing the finish. It's sort of... Smokey. So what would you have done?