Story time recently got a second bass. In fact I've got a thread up here somewhere about originally trying to decide which brand of bass to get (having played Ibby's exclusively for quite a while now). I'm on a budget. A strict one. In fact, at the moment my husband and I are unemployed (looking for work...in Michigan. Yeah, it's been rough) and so we don't have any spare money. The money I made for this bass was from selling stuff around the house I don't need on ebay - old Boss recorder, Squier P bass I never use, practice amp I don't need, etc. Initially I decided to go with another Ibby (SR305) and ordered it from MF...you know, THAT place. Got a defect, sent it back, getting a refund for the POS. Went around town, found a Taurus 5-string Washburn for a good price, new, felt good, sounded better than the Ibby, so I picked it up. Took it to the repair shop here in town and the guys who usually do the repairs were out for lunch, so the owner...who is almost never there... takes the bass out of my gig bag and practically sneers at it "Oh...it's a WASHBURN... no wonder it needs work". I felt like flipping him the bird. Yeah buddy, it needs a set up, like all new guitars that have been hanging in a store with old strings and played by people looking for a new bass for god knows how long. Yeah, it's only a 400 dollar bass, sue me...I'm broke right now. Yeah, it's not a damned 2000 dollar Fender exclusive (the guy also told me I should have gotten a Fender *facepalm* after I explained I didn't like the feel of Fender necks because my hands are really small - need a slim neck, it's just how it is) and yeah you might know more about the mechanics of a good bass vs. a mediocre bass than me... But seriously dude, I'm paying you money to have your guys do a set up and you're going to look down your nose at me because I'm not some brand elitist that doesn't have the top of the line? Jerk. I would have taken it somewhere else but the guys I actually deal with there on a regular basis are very cool and laid back. In fact, calling them later that day to see how things were going, the guy who actually did the set up said he'd leveled the frets for me, adjusted the action and the neck, and said it sounded -great-. Supposed to pick it up later today. But really, anyone else ever run into this sort of elitism that makes you grit your teeth?