It seems that all of my favorite basses are the cheaper import versions these days! My #1 bass is a MIM 50's P-Bass. Recently I bought but then returned a good MIA, maple board Fender P. It was a nice bass but the MIM 50's is just better -- sounds better, louder and clearer, plays just as well, looks great and cost less. $699 new I have a Sterling by Music Man , rosewood board Ray 34 that's awesone! I have sort of a love/hate relationship with Stingray-style basses, but this one's my favorite of several that I've owned over the years. (Antique white with 2 band EQ) Paid $450 used My "flatwound" bass is a Classic Vibe Squier 50's strung with LaBellas. Love the neck on the this, the bass is solid and plays great. Paid $260 used for it! All I can say is: there's some darn good stuff coming from Asia and Mexico these days!