I know there is no answer to this question but I will pose it anyway. Today, I'm goofing off from work, looking at Beautiful basses (Smiths, F Basses, Alembics, Sadowskys, Foderas, etc.) and I was listening to Gary Grainger spank his Ken Smith in the background. the obvious hit me, as it does from time to time, that no pretty new bass was gonna help my thumb get as fast as gary Grainger's and realistically, I spend more time looking at cool basses than playing my one cool bass, my SR5. Personally, I'm at piece owning what I can afford. The fact someone with a cheaper bass can bury ne as a player has nothing to do with my appreciation of an instrument. I just wish I'd always felt that way, I'd probably still have my Ken Smith six string now.