For all the years I have been playing professionally, and then visiting forums like this, I see the same complaints about gear over and over. Such as *Fender 5's with flabby B strings, *Asian basses with crappy preamps and 5's with too narrow string spacing, *GHS and Rotosound strings dead straight out of the packet, to name a few. My question is, do manufacturers blindly go through life thinking their product is wonderful? Do they not read opinions about their products and think "gee, I'd better fix that"? Are they blind, stupid, or just plain bloody arrogant? What about the ones who never reply to customer's enquiries, e.g Fender and Walter Woods to name but two. I dont buy the "we're too busy to field enquiries" bull****. Any business that treats it's customers this way deserves to fail, IMO. I am a manager of the MI section of a retail musical instrument shop, and my staff and I are the ones who have to appease dis-satisfied customers. Any one care to agree or disagree with this little rant of mine?