Reason why I'm starting this thread is to see what our communities thoughts are. We can touch, feel and hear an instrument at a store or we can HOPE that the manufacture/luthier listens and incorporates our vision to make it into a reality. I've been blessed to have instruments that I love on both sides. But, I still am a firm believer to play it at a store maybe even a couple of times and make sure that it's the right bass for me. What are your thoughts?