I think that a lot of people hating Warwicks are listening to them alone in stores, and not in the mix with their bands. I love the way that they mix in. The lack of highs may be a problem if every one of your songs is a bass solo, but highs never cut through distorted guitars and sound good doing it anyways. At first I was worried that people would think I'm a poser getting a warwick because everyone else has one, but I realized that 99.9% of the audience doesn't even know what a bass is, and only 1% of the people that do know what a bass is have opinions that I give a crap about anyways. And whether you like it or not, I still dont think anything growls like a Warwick, even if they are overpriced, too heavy, and ugly. That is the main reason I got it. Sound is still the bottom line. I am thinking that I am going to switch the MEC's for Barts, being that I have always had a thing for Barts. Who knows, maybe the MEC's will sound fine. As for Bass central, I would like to thank Beaver, Gard, and Grasshopper for putting up with me. I can't count how many times I was was on the phone with the poor guys changing my mind about which bass I wanted, which color I wanted it in, whether the figured top was nice enough, etc. After all of that, they still worked with me very well on price, and maintained a helpful and polite attitude. I feel bad for all the trouble I put them through, but it may be some comfort to them that they have earned my business for as long as I play and as long as they continue with their excellent service. I would highly recommend them to anybody purchasing bass gear, and am very happy with my dealings with them.