Apologies for being a bit flippant in my first post. To some degree I think the issue really is choice, and almost too much choice, but with nothing hitting the spot. You clearly know what you want out of a Stingray. At the same time I admire Musicman for switching up the design every once in a while, and using Neodymium magnets or whatever. I guess they simply wouldn't combine a modern radius neck with the foam mutes in a single instrument because that is just too pick-n-choose for them? I've never heard of anybody using the foam mutes in a Stingray, and they only seem to be available on their historic reissue range.