Hello, I'm going to buy my first 'exotic' bass. I've played some very expensive basses at Bass Central - And they were amazing, but I find the quilted, flamed, or spalted tops and gold hardware of most 'exotic' basses to be a little bit too flashy for my tastes. I've always preferred the look of plain vintage basses. To me, a plain Fender Jazz is far more beautiful than any $6000 Fodera. Are here any other people out there that agree with me? I don't have the chops of Anthony Jackson, and I play classic rock and roll, so I probably don't need a $6000 Fodera anyway.... So...I've been searching for a bass that is the ultimate in tone, quality, and craftsmanship...but is very plain and doesn't look overly flashy. Some of the more obvious choices are the Sadowsky Vintage series, the Mike Lull Vintage Series...but I'm probably most interested in the Read Custom Model J (and his new pre-amps as well!). I'm familiar with most of the brands out there, but I wanted to get some other opinions. Maybe there are some smaller luthiers out there that I'm not familiar with? So...if you have any input on what else I should check out, let me know. Thanks.