As I prepare to receive my new Corvette Standard 5-String I bought from a music store in Knoxville (inventory clearance sale), I was filling the time trying to stave off the typical cognitive dissonance that comes from finally making a decision after weeks of pondering. I was reading a 1997 Bass Player 5-string Shootout and noted that of all the quality basses tested, none were Warwicks! I had to ask why? Then I stopped to think. At my local Mars, the Warwicks seem to grow moss on the walls. Why? Another local music store that carried Warwicks had to run a fire sale to ultimately get rid of them. Why? What I have noticed in my limited travels is that when Warwicks are "pushed out the door" after growing moss, they get lapped up. Why? In the CD reviews in Bass Player, rarely are the players' main axes Warwicks. Why? Looking at many of the very best bass players in the world, very few apparently play Warwicks. Why? I asked a small local guitar store owner about them and he replied that they are one trick ponies and the bolt-ons are cheap knockoffs. However, he was beginning to carry the Corvette Standards!? Whats up with that? One bass player in a store said he had one but got rid of it because it had no bottom. Another guy liked the bottom and top ends, but complained about the lack of mids. And on Talk Bass, many swear by them (even thinking about them) and praise the characteristic sound. I am confused. Are these basses overpriced, or are they just so esoteric that only a few desire them? While I might be confused, before I bought, I played the bass locally many times and I decided it would be perfect for my style of play, and oh yes, I liked the sound! Help put my fears to rest!