Hey all, As some of you know from a previous post, I bought a used L-2500 from a dealer (Bass Palace). For background purposes, I saw this one on thier site. It was up on their site described in "excellent condition", no OHSC (but a real nice, high-end gig bag), and no orginal paperwork (not that I care about that). I cut a deal with him to trade my 97 MIA P-Bass (with OHSC) this is in truly excellent condition + $300. The G&L does has a flamed maple top option ($550 retail upgrade option), so that's a plus! I just got it last night and had a few hours to examine it and tinker with it. Initial impression upon taking the G&L out of the box was disappointment. There were some moderate belt scratches on the back, a few moderate scratches on the sides and bottom and the finish on the top of the bass has some EXTREMELY MINOR dulling/super fine surface scratches. It also has a minor to moderate ding on the top. Tuners were fine (but dulled from use), headstock, frets, neck, etc all are fine. I should also mention that the battery/compartment cover, screws and screw holes were in fine shape (no stripped heads or stripped screw wholes, etc). The compartment is a bird's nest of wires and I'm not fond of how the pre-amp just sits out there, not screwed down, etc. Interestingly, it shipped with all of the strings loose, is this normal??? Well, I tuned her up. Strings were fairly dead. Using the knobs and switches, I immediately notices that 2 out of 3 pots were scratchy, but functional. All switches functioned fine. Now here is where my frown started turning upside-down. The bass felt "right" in my hands from moment one! It plays like "butta". Feels much like my P but even better and I love the different tones that that I could get from this thing!!! Action is near perfect (could be a hair lower), no frett buzz ANYWHERE on the neck, etc. Damn it plays nice! It's a bit heavy (about 10 lbs), but I can live with that! I ordered a hard shell case for it and am now looking at string options (TI Powerbase, D'A XL Super Long Scales, etc). It really needs new strings (have no idea what's on there now but there are fairly dead). I'm taking her to practice tonight and will let you know how she does there (I'm sure fine). I still think that I got a fair deal, but I didn;t steal it considering the condition (you tell me what you think). Anyway here are some pics!