Just some background, I'm the author of Sheets of Sound for Guitar which a guitar techinque guide to playing Coltraneesque types of lines on the guitar. During the last few months, I have been working on tapping, slapping and popping on guitar and Baritone guitar and I want to explore some of these techniques on bass as well. Some parameters: 34" scale or less Big frets 12" radius (or flatter) undecided on fingerboard but leaning towards maple 4 string would be fine. I'd consider 5 or 6 string if the string spacing were fairly close. I'd also consider a 30-32" tenor bass Prefer bolt-on neck approximately $1500 price limit Unfortunately, it seems that the local music stores have mostly student level basses so it's hard to try anything out first. Just wondering what recommendations you guys would have. In another thread, some folks have suggested the Peavey Cirrus and the Ibanez SR-900 basses.