I'm bored, so let's do this. You know there are a few special basses that you just almost, but didn't quite bring home? I don't mean every bass you've picked up in the store and said "that's great, but it's way out of my price range." More like the ones that were out of your price range but made you think about how long the phone company and electric company would let you slide on your bills before cutting you off, and just how much money you really needed for groceries and such. Or maybe you were shopping for a bass and had the selection narrowed down to two or three and there were some very nice ones that just didn't quite make the final cut. 1989 shopping for a second bass for real, not just my usual browsing. I had it down to a Peavy Dynabass Unity, a Fender Precision Light, and a Carvin LB70. I had already been playing one Carvin for a couple of years, and eventually went with the LB70. I have never had any regrets. It was my main axe for thirteen years. But that Dynabass was SWEET. It just played itself. All I had to do was hold it, and music came out. The P-Light is the only Fender that's ever turned me on. It was a damned fine bass. BTW, ten years later, I played another one in a different store in a different city. It was the same color and identical in every way. For all I could tell, it might have been the same bass. I loved it too. They were the only two Fenders that tugged on my heartstrings. In about '90 and '91, I had a major crush on the Kubicki X-Factor. For some time I plotted ways to come up with the funds for one. Around '98 or so, I tried out a Pedulla MVP5. I just about fell in love with this one. It was the first five string I ever liked. This is the bass that convinced me I needed a fiver. I had never picked up a five-string that I could actually play. They just didn't work with my fingering and muting techniqe. I melded with the MVP5 instantly. Not only was I not having the problems I had experienced on other fives, but I was playing notes on the B-string without ever having given any thought to what notes would be where on that string. It just happenned. Also, a year or two ago I almost bought a Carvin V440T on eBay. (The "T" in the model number meant that it had the Kahler Bass Tremolo System.) My first bass was a V440T and I've always regretted selling it. There were some unusual things about the one on eBay that made me question whether or not it had been modified. The seller didn't know much about it and could not convince me it was all original. I later, after the auction was over, discovered that it was a very early model that had a few different features than the one I had, and it was, in all probability, original. I was the high bidder, but did not meet the reserve. My doubts about it at the time kept me from bidding any higher. So that's my list; Peavy Dynabass Unity Series Fender Precision Light Kubicki X-Factor Pedulla MVP5 a second Carvin V440T Honorable mention should go to the high end Steinberger of the late eighties or early nineties, the one that was completely synthetic with not one splinter of wood anywhere in it. And also to the Peavy Cirrus, which I might still grab one day if I find the one with the right combination of woods and number of strings.