In other words, how can you be sure to get a bass that you will still like several years in the future? I've tried basses in music stores. I've made recordings with my minidisc recorder. I've even played my saxophone over those recordings. In each situation I had a different favorite bass. I guess the ultimate test would be to set a bass up with the strings you like, with the action you like, etc. The problem is that you can't do this with very many basses. How do you narrow the list down? What is more important for narrowing down the list: sound or feel? Sound can be changed by changing the strings or the amplifier. Feel can't be changed as much. I guess I'm worried that I will spend thousands of dollars on a bass and end up not liking it a year from now. Any comments or opinions would be greatly appreciated.