I've finally had the revelation that all the online research and careful consideration in the world will not help me choose a new bass unless I actually get my hands on a few. Given that my local shops are pretty poorly stocked I'm planning on heading to a specialist bass shop at the weekend to help with my research. The idea is to try some basses out, either to buy as new or to give me a better picture of what my ideal bass would be to buy used. I want to make the most of my time there so I was looking for any tips on how to try things out in a store. My thinking is that the neck feel is the most important thing so I want to try a load of different basses unplugged first, narrow down to the ones that feel right and then find out what they actually sound like. I accept that the action may not be perfect (although, from a proper bass shop, it may well be) but I think the feel is the real thing to test. For testing the sound, I'm thinking of playing the same handful of pieces on each bass, with a mixture of fingers and pick, and starting with a flat EQ before messing with it. (I play through a DI rather than an amp so the choice of test amp is less important). Does this make sense or am I missing something important?