I was trying to think of how to describe my new Tacoma in a review, and the one word that kept popping into my head was "fun." That got me thinking -- aren't all decent basses fun to play? If they weren't, we wouldn't be playing them, right? So I thought about it some more, and decided that there are different kinds of "fun" in playing bass. Playing my new Lakland is "fun" in a way that's sort of like driving a Corvette (or BMW, etc.) is fun -- satisfying on a very primal level -- almost an atavistic or cathartic experience. When I'm jamming on it, I tune the rest of the world out. Playing the Tacoma, on the other hand, is more like the kind of "fun" a three or four-year-old boy gets when he gets a new Tonka dump truck. It's pure joy, and I find myself giggling like an idiot while I'm playing it at times. It's as tough for me to put it back in its case as it is for a 12 year old to put down the latest Harry Potter book. I can't wait for football season -- on weekends, I'm going to park my keister on the couch with the Tacoma in my lap and play until my fingers fall off. I'd recommend everyone who likes to be a couch potato at times to look into an ABG -- even a really cheap one. Two totally different kinds of "fun." Ain't playing bass great? In the end, though, I think it has less to do with the actual bass involved than in the styles of playing -- the more styles of music I try, the more kinds of "fun" I can have. Now I'm so excited I'm going back to have more fun. The only question now is: Am I going to drive the Corvette, or the Tonka!?