Sharing my time between my main two basses is quite the ride. I've always been the kind of guy that prefers to spend all of my playing time concentrated on one bass to get to know it inside and out. I played my MIJ 75 RI jazz bass from the day I bought in the late 90's to the day I got my MTD 635 in 2007. I love my MIJ 75 RI, but I fell in love with the low B and craved something to scratch that itch and semi-retired the jazz bass. The day I saw my 635, it was love at first sight. Then I got my hands on it and heard and felt what it could do. Again, love struck instantly. It was the tone I was hearing in my head. During the last year though I feel in and out of love with it for reasons that are too much to get into here, but I've pretty much decided that this bass is a keeper. Every time I pick it up these days I remember why I fell in love with it. I give you my MTD 635-24: Here comes the snag. In late 2007, I fell prey to the Talkbass boutique jazz buzz that was going on around here. I was also playing in a band at that time that I didn't really feel the MTD fit in with (even though nobody ever exactly complained about it) so I made the decision to put an order in for a boutique "jazz-like" bass. That bass was a Nordstrand Nordy vJ5. It was delivered to me in early 2008, and again I fell in love at first sight. It was exactly as I had pictured it would be and it was beautiful. I pulled it out of the case and played it and it felt like heaven. The neck is near perfect for my hands, and overall the bass is a dream to play. The first time I plugged it in however was a litte different. It was not the tone I was expecting. It is so dark and growly sounding that it caught me off guard. However, it's not like it sounded bad so I continued to play and play it. My Nordy vJ5 for your viewing pleasure: I currently play in a funky little instrumental trio, so there is a lot of room for the bass tone to be heard. The Nordy is thick and punchy with a nice tight bottom. It sounds great. The MTD is pristine and crystal clear, with a nice growly tone as well. It also sounds great. This is the problem. Both basses work so well with this band, and I can never decide which one to grab on the way to rehearsal or the gig. Having these two great basses is a blessing and a curse. I want to just stick with one for now and play it inside and out, but then I feel like it is a waste to just let the other one sit home doing nothing. This post is more about me just getting my thoughts out of my head, so thanks for putting up with it. Please feel free to comment if it strikes you to do so.