First - Nino Brown's a great guy - he picked me up and payed the tolls too!!! And he understands the importance of Taco Bell. I feel a man is my brother more by his reaction to the suggestion of Taco Bell, than I do by his interest in the guitar of the deeper register. Second - Spectors aren't all that bad. They even look a lot like Streamers . We went to a store in Jersey that has lots of high-end basses you don't find in the big chains. I learned today that I can forget about trying to reproduce the MM sound on another bass. I tried a couple of Laklands (which I loved and was almost ready to trade everything in on), but on an A & B test with a MM, no dice. There's something that I'm sure now is totally unique to MM basses. I'm still on a hunt though. I have a Streamer Jazzman on special order so I can see if it does the job. For those interested - I'm looking for the perfect union of a Fender/MM sound. Don't believe it exists. Fell in love today much to my surprise with a Peavey Millenium. I have that obsessed feeling in my gut like this is gonna be the next one. I liked the feel better than the Lakland, and I loved the price in comparison. I could go on and on. I love bass. I love bass stores. I love new basses. I've got rehearsal now. I've got to go. See yas.