Hello everyone, I'm new to the forums, was hoping I could get some advice on buying a rather expensive bass. A little bit about me and my bass skills. I've played for around six years, a variety of styles. Currently I play an Ibanez SRX 400 (i've had it for all six years). I know music theory, can read sheet music, never play with a pick. I feel like its time to move on to something bigger and better. I also play live constantly so I want something with a fantastic tone. I also need something thats flexible, I personally love playing slap/funk bass. But I play a lot of rock, reggae, soul, etc. I need a bass that can do it all. As a plus I live in NYC so I can easily try out all kinds of basses. I'm at the start of the shopping process, but here's what i've seen so far. Most basses that are high end (expensive) feel way too sensitive to me. They are super responsive to the slightest touch (maybe it's because i'm playing new basses?). I don't particularly like this much.. my playing style is slightly aggressive and I want a bass that can take a thump without me messing with the volume or equalizer. I got the chance to play a very old G&L L 2000. It was great, really enjoyed it. Loved all the settings, couldn't believe that they actually come standard. I'd never heard of G&L until i played that bass. (So it's something thats on my to try list, the one i played isn't for sale, i'm curious to see how different a new one feels) I also went to the fodera factory and got a chance to play their standard line (not the custom order ones). Kind of the same problem as most high end basses... very sensitive (I wonder if the victor wooten signature is so sensitive... its misleading to watch him slap if it is, seems like he hits it harder). I played one with a tube amp that I liked more then the ones with an expensive pre amp. But they do give you a lot of control... The way I went into it was that if i completely fell in love with the bass and knew it was the one for me i'd get it... I didn't feel that way. Other then that i've played music mans and warwicks i've both liked and disliked. Several friends have recommended I check out schecter basses. Band mates want me to get a fender... i've also been recommended a fender by several other people.. kinda want something more unique though. Sorry for the rant, let me know what you think.