It really happened, I ran out of GAS, and I'm happy with my Laklands. Now I don't really enjoy coming here as much (and I do consider this home), I don't lust for gear, most of the threads seem to be just re-inventing the wheel, most of the old gang doesn't post as much. My opinions, are just that, my opinions, and seem irrelevant most of the time. I'm nearly done recapping my bass history (strengths, weaknesses, why kept (or not) etc.) but I don't have a web site to put it on, and don't want to use too much bandwidth by putting it here. I will list the basses in my history, and if anyone wants specifics, feel free to ask. I have learned, you should get the best bass, amp and speakers you can afford. Effects are nice to haves. Exotic tops don't make a bass sound better (IME). I need to practice more. Now that I'm happy with my basses I do practice more. Finding Talkbass was one of the best things I've ever done, and I've learned so much, and met the best people here. Ive owned 30 basses over the years. I use 2 Lakland 55-94s as my main basses and have gotten rid of my other boutique/coffee table basses having decided Laklands work best for me (2 bands covering 50 years of classic and hard rock). IMO they have the ultimate blend of comfort, playability, looks, and versatility. The Roscoes were my second favorite boutique basses (Elrick for fretless). The main reason Laklands won out was weight and a very slight edge in versatility. My lightest Roscoe was 9.25 lbs, and truthfully I wish I still had it, the rest were 9.5 lbs and up. But when it came time to make my final selection, a Duncan equipped 55-94 fell into my lap. Now I have Bartolini and Duncan PUPd Laklands, and Im a happy camper. It sure is nice being off the GAS merry-go-round. My bass history (as best as I can remember, sorry I couldn't line them up under headings) year acquired, bass, status, length of ownership: 1968 67 Vox Delta IV traded 31 years 1983 66 Jazz keeper 21 years 1984 76 Gibson Thunderbird sold 15 years 1996 75 Precision sold 2 years 1997 Warwick Fortress 4 sold 1 year 1998 Pedulla Rapture 5 traded 5 years 1998 Steinberger Spirit 5 keeper 6 years 2000 Lakland 55-94 dlx sold 8 months 2000 Lakland 55-94 dlx traded 3 years 2000 Roscoe LG 3005 sold 2 years 2000 Fbass Studio 5 traded 6 months 2001 Roscoe LG 3005 sold 3 years 2001 Roscoe SKB 3005 traded 2 years 2002 Warwick LTD 5 2000 traded 4 months 2002 Sukop fretless 5 traded 1 year 2002 77 fretless Precision traded 2 years 2002 Rob Allen fretless 5 MB traded 1 year 2002 Elrick Platinum fretless 5 sold 2 years 2002 MTD 535f traded 1 year 2003 Fbass BN5f sold 1 year 2003 Modulus Genesis 5 keeper 1 year 2003 Sadowsky Standard 5 sold 6 months 2003 Lakland Standard 55-94 keeper 1 year 2003 Roscoe SKB 3006 traded 4 months 2003 Modulus Q5 traded 1 month 2003 Benavente PJ5 keeper 1 year 2004 Nordstrand SC5 traded 6 months 2004 Zon Sonus 5/1 keeper 4 months 2004 Lakland Standard 55-94 keeper 4 months 2004 Gibson LP5 keeper 1 month Please have safe Holidays!