Greetings, My 9 yo son is taking bass lessons from me. He has a significant feel for music. Currently he practices on my MIM Deluxe Fender Jazz. This makes me nervous because it a nice bass, new, and I'd hate to see it dropped or something by anyone else but myself (my other bass is a hollow bosy which is too large for him to play comforably). Plus that is a heavy mofo bass for a 9 y0 and the jumbo frets give him a little trouble as far as streching those little fingers. At anyrate, for Christmas I'd like to pick him up something a little cheaper, something that I can really let him let loose on. I am considering long and short scale bass I am more interested in something light weight and easy to play. I am not adverse to buying new or used. I would like to spend <$250. I know about the SX basses and those are on my list of potentials. I would like to stay away from Squire, unless someone can convince me otherwise. What about those Peavey Fury basses? Could I get some succinct suggestions as to a good basses to consider so that I can look around for deals over the next 2 mos? Thanks.