So, I've read (I think) every related thread on the board now and have been researching the various hollow and semi hollow basses available these days and, mostly due to lack of being able to find actual models to try in person, I thought I'd ask for opinions and or your experience with particular basses. The music I play will definitely benefit from the addition of a decent semi or hollow bass. I recently picked up a Gretsch 5123B and am pretty impressed with it but when I brought it to practice the other day I had a few episodes of feedback, which makes me a little nervous at the idea of showing up to a gig with it, and I will be, giging not just playing around at home. Also, I have an upcomming (short) tour overseas and I'm a little worried about the fragility of this particular model. I found a Jack Casady to play but it didn't feel comfortable out of the gate and seemed to sound more like a solid body than I wanted although it always hard to tell with cheap rounds on it (like music store demos always do). I've been gassing for a while for a Waterstone TP-4 but there are none around here to try and now they have the Meaden as well. Also very interested in the Hagstrom Viking re issue. And finally DiPinto (Belevdere) and Italia (Rimini) both look very intriguing even though they are 34" scale. Prefer to stay under $1000 and less is better within reason but I do want a quality instrument. Please, no Lakland recs... I'm sure they are fantastic basses but I don't like the style/vibe. Thanks in advance for any input!