Yup, just like the thread title, have you gassed really hard for a bass and finally get to play one and you were let down? It happened to me for the first time yesterday. I had been gassing so hard for an AV Fender 75 RI. They had one in Sam Ash, and when I saw it, I noticed the price tag of 1,799.99 new----Not to mention I got a quote at Chuck Levin's for 1330 for the same bass. So I pull it off the wall to play it, and to my surprise, it's light as ever, and it sounded just like the Marcus Miller bass in passive mode, with just a little more punch to it. My initial thought was, are you serious? I mean, the blocks/binding didn't even look authentic; the binding was painted on and I could see the paintlines even going over the frets. I was thinking, if I wanted a Fender Ash/Maple I could have gotten the Marcus Miller a long time ago....I've been saving for almost a year now, might as well get a Sadowsky. Thoughts? Anyone else in the same boat?