So yeah, I have not stepped into the world of higher end basses (>1000, my own definition) very much. But have tried out a few at various stores. Not having been overly impressed with EB Stringrays and underwelmed by Sterlings, I had not picked up a Bongo. What a mistake. I was amazed by the sound, range and playability. Before I get all head over heels though, I'd like to ask about other basses in the price range that you all feel are comparable or better than the Bongo, if any. Thanks.