With the new kiddo and a house that is seemingly bent on self destruction I don't get much if any time to practice at home. So I'm hoping to grab a bass and a little rig (headphone amp maybe?) To practice with on my lunch at work. But I have a few questions first... My main bass is an Ibanez SRX 500, a 34" scale with 24 frets. If I get something significantly different in terms of neck profile, number of frets etc will that inhibit the skill transfer when I goto play with my regular rig? Or should I deliberately get something different to expand my pallette and increase versatility? Another issue is cost and durability. I'll be funding this by scrounging gear to sell (see above re new baby and suicidal house fixtures) and that budget is frankly going to be low. And when you add in the accessories (new gig bag/strings/cable/amp or headphone amp etc) there isn't much left for the bass. And since I won't have a truly secure place to store it, I expect at least some initial whaling away on it from my co-workers when I'm not around. Tone is frankly not my first priority, obviously I want it to sound as good as possible but just being able to work on my timing/groove etc is of more importance than adoring my sound.