My longterm bass plan was that my next purchase would be a 4 or 5 string Jazz made from Warmoth parts with a J+MM pu config.. but yesterday I had a divine bass experience which has thrown everything off. My two guitarists and I (I call them mine because it's easier that way.. it's not like I possess them or anything ) took a trip down to Madison to hit the music stores there. They were both looking for amps but I was mainly just along for the ride, I had nothing better to do and I'm always up to a roadtrip, especially to quality music stores. Our first stop was at a store called Edtronics, a fairly small store which is oddly located in the town of Oregon, on the outskirts of Madison. The store owner is probably the coolest music store worker I've ever met.. not only does he encourage you to play loud in the store.. he'll even come over and crank you up. I had only been there once, and while the place did have a nice Aguilar rig and some really nice guitar amps, the bass selection was rather limited. I was pleasantly surprised to see a USA bolton 4 string Spector with an all ash body hanging from the wall. I had never played any sort of Spector, and I had always figured that they were probably very well made and I knew I already liked the body shape from Warwick Streamers that I've played. However, I somehow got it into my head that the sound I was looking for was not to be had in a Spector. I was dead wrong. My first impression was that it was very well constructed, nice looking, and fit my body nicely. I plugged into this little Vox combo with the EQ flat, set the pickup pan to the middle, left the bass EQ knobs where they were.. and was knocked out by the sound. Out came the bass tone that I dreamt of having. Normally I notice nice playability before nice sound, but not with the Spector. After a bit of playing I also came to the conclusion that it was the easiest playing bass I'd ever touched also. Stuff that I cannot do on any other bass came easy on the Spector. I was also pleased with the range of tones present in the bass controls, although the first tone I got is definitely the tone I most desire. The bad thing about this story is that the bass's $1700-1800 price range would leave me close to broke. It would be a while before I have enough money to comfortably spend $1700 on a bass. The store also had some Korean Spectors which I did not like the feel of, and a nice looking Czech Spector, which was a neck through if I remember. In hindsight I really should have played the Czech Spector. I'm not sure why I didn't.. I don't think my brain was functioning properly after the US Spector experience. Used Czech Spectors seem to turn up fairly often and with prices that seem like a reasonable amount for me to spend. How do they compare with their USA made counterparts? The bass I played yesterday had an all ash body, EMG J pickups, Aguilar preamp, and I think a Pau Ferro fretboard.