Today turned out to be a fun day for playing different basses. It started with checking out a Baldwin Vibraslim (doing a favor for someone). Neat bass, very mellow. Almost upright in tone. Next, at tonight's jam night, it was fun bass night. One guy brought in a '57 Precision. It was refinned, and all that, but the original maple neck was there, and the sound as well. Incredible sound, even with the thick-ass V maple neck (and this one had some road bumps on it). Still, it was the first of the really early models I've ever seen, and I was most impressed. Then, someone brought in a DeArmond Ashbory. Fun, funky LITTLE bass. It weighs like 2 pounds, and has the shortest scale I've ever seen. They sound really nice, but this is a bass that you play by intent. There's no slop allowed here. The silicone rubber strings move when you do, so when you try to do a bend, the strings tend to roll under your fingers.