I am in Perth, Australia, and there is almost total vaccum when it comes to middle-end fretless basses. One fretless StingRay in an awful colour is the sum limit of what I have been able to lay hands on. A lovely playing instrument, but definitely not the sound I want. What other possibilities are there? Sale and return from say, Fender Australia is a good compromise, but that's no guarantee of getting a decent bass with the right fingerboard, colour and linedness that I'd like from the bass. Is shipping from the land of milk and honey where basses are cheap (America) a viable option? Too risky? Buy a fretted and pay a tech to defretlerise it? I can't wait to play seriously out of tune.