Ever take a trip to music store, only to find that your bass or basses at home are rally the right ones for you? I found this to be the case after a trip to the NYC Guitar Center on 14th St. I moved here about 9 mo ago, and Ive been meaning to check out the store, but I havent really had the time or inclination until this past weekend. First of all, its a nice, large store with a specific bass room at the back. Theres a decent selection of basses, ranging from Fenders, Schecters, Ibanezes, Warwicks, Pedullas, and a handful of other companies offerings. Oh, and there was an NYU student named Mitch there who was just killing on a Pedulla Pentabuzz. He is a ridiculous player just outstanding. Anyhow, I tried out a number of basses. I played them all through and Ampeg Rocket B100-R. I wasnt as blown away by this amp as I had hoped to be. I like a vintage tone, but I really prefer the sound of my Fender Bassman 25 for practice and home volumes. Pretty much all of the basses need a setup. Most had too much relief, except for the Yamaha, which had too little. Cort Curbow 5 Great finish. Light. Smooth neck. Tight string spacing at the the nut. Active tone controls really change the tone a lot. The slap contour switch seemed to defeat the tone controls, and boosted the lows and highs noticeably. The rear control cover had holes to allow access to 2 trim pots for overall gain and slap contour. Over all, this seemed like a nice bass for the price. I would consider on if I were in the market for a new 5 string, and its really the only one that Im thinking about buying. Yamaha RBX 5string, active. Great neck. Wide and flat, the way I like 5 strings. The 3D headstock isnt my cup of tea. Medium sized, exposed pole piece humbuckers. Controls were Blend, vol, bass boost/cut, treble boost/cut. The body feels thin, and a little budget minded. Tone was nice, though. Stingray 5 I expected more from this bass. It looked great with the cherryburst finish, white pickguard and white pickup cover. The neck was great, and the fretwork was really nice. However, the pots felt gritty, and the 3 way switch felt cheap and vague. I dont know what the settings are for the switch, but I liked the tone best with the switch all the way toward the bridge. But really, the feel of the electronics were cheap. Fender MIM Precision Rosewood fretboard. Standard Pbass tone. This may have been the nicest sounding bass through the Ampeg B100-R, but I guess thats not a huge surprise since both are geared toward vintage or standard tones. The neck felt a lot narrower than I remember Pbass necks. I suppose it was more of a B neck than a C. Pedulla Rapture 5 string Bartolini pickups, 2 band active eq. This bass has been played by lots of tire kickers, and the bass tone control pot was damaged. The neck had too much relief as well. If it were setup well, this neck would have been super though. It had a really thin front to back profile and nice rounded edges. So overall, the Cort and Yamaha exceeded expectations, the Fender met them, and the Stingray was a bit below expectations. Im not really looking to spend enough money to afford a Pedulla. The Rapture is certainly a sweet bass, but I dont need it right now. Strangely enough, what I learned was that my Ibanez RKB900 is a really nice bass, with a great neck, and great tone. My Bassman 25 is a great little practice amp too. I really get a great tone from the Ibanez with the Bassman. It ranges from classic Pbass with the velvety mids to the growl of the Jbass pickup to a nice, scooped slap tone with both sets of pickups wide open. I should just be happy with what I have, I guess. I just wish that my other basses were here with me in NYC. I really miss my ATk 300 and my Heartfield DR5. Thanks for the bandwidth!