Well, a friend of mine needed some guitar stuff, so we went p to Guitar Center. As usual, I went off on my own, and started playing around like normal. This particular GC is blowing out everything because they are moving, so I had a great chance to play a lot of different basses and gather some impressions on them, because I had 90 minutes of tinkering to my name. 1. First up was a Bongo 5. IMO, they are ugly as sin. But, I decided to have a go. Dear God. Purely awesome, possibly the most flexible instrument I have ever played. Great slap and fingerstyle tones, simple EQ, and the best part -- MARKED at $849, they were willing to go as low as $600. Left my wallet at home, so good move for Mr. Paycheck. 2. Pedulla Rapture. Was loaded with Bart Js (not sure if that's an OE affair or not, but whatev) and running a J-retro. Awesome cherry sunburst and tort PG, birdseye neck and FB, 19mm spacing. Felt great, sonded great. No complaints, although a little warm sounding for my tastes. 3. Warwick Double Buck 5. Never been a fan of Warwicks, and this little jem was the same. The neck was awfully sticky (floor model, I know) and the frets were simply too tall. A bit lighter than some of the other Wicks I've tried, but still -- no dice. Sounded pretty good, but I couldn't get past the feel. 4. EBMM Stingray 5. Dead batteries, only 5er on the floor. Damn you, GC. 5. Yamaha TRB-1005. I am sure this will be my next fingerstyle 5. It didn't cost a million bucks, but to my ears and hands -- bliss. Amazing build quality, great sound, perfect feel. Absolutely nothing bad to say about this bass, except I will be out 600 bucks tomorrow morning. 6. Conklin BD 7-string. Never played anything over 5 before, but I was pleasantly surprised with this animal. Can't really give any baseline comparison, but it was pretty cool. No need for an extended range at the moment, though. 7. Tobias Toby. My ears hate me now. Take this as a grain of salt, but this was the most awful bass I have ever played. A used Ibanez SR305 sounded and felt better. I just had to shake my head at that one. 8. Fender MIA Jazz 5. When did Fender start using rubberbands for B strings? 9. Fender GL Jazz. Solid. I really dig this bass, and I mean DIG it. Cool looking, cool sounding, good feel. Definitely outdoes its price tag. Overall, I'm tired and bored, and posting my GAS rant for you all to read.