I'm about to get a new bass. Here is what I'm considering and why; Rickenbacker 4003. This is the upper limit of what I'm willing to spend. Everything I want in an instrument, but the price is hard to justify, at least for me because I'm more of a recreational player. Musicman SUB. The price is a bit more palatable, and it's still a made in USA product, which is a big selling point. The one I played wasn't too comfortable though. Fender Geddy Lee jazz bass. Price is right, and my screen name should tell you the rest. However, it is not made in the USA and no dealers around here have one. I've always said I would never mail order an instrument without playing one first. Others on the outside looking in; Lakland Skyline 44-01, G&L Tribute, Spector NS 2000 Q4. All are nice but again, the made in the USA thing. Used instruments are not in the picture, because it's too hard to find what you want locally, and I'll never be comfortable with the idea of shelling out major coin through ebay. I'll always be a rocker, with a bit of a metal/experimental twinge (think King's X mixed with a bit of early Cure/Cult) being my future aim. Also, after a two-year experiment with playing a five-string I've decided to stick with four. Just a matter of personal taste and comfort.