I thought I knew what GAS was. I thought I knew how GAS felt. Boy was I mistaken. Now that wifey is working and pulling in extra cash, I decided that I'd start keeping some cash aside and stack up to get a higher-end bass in a few months or so, somewhere in the $2-3k range. My Kingston 5'er is working fine for me, but now that I realize that I'm serious about learning and becoming a good bassist, I might as well get an axe that I REALLY like and make it my first keeper. Now I've never really put my hands on many high end axes, so I knew I had to do my homework. I've read enough to know that for the type of music that I'll be playing (gospel), two names usually stand out: Smith and Roscoe. Since Smith is out of my price range, I figured I'd start out by getting my hands on a Roscoe. So I make my way to Bass Emporioum to see what the deal is. I walked in and saw this beauty right from the door: At that point, I think I felt something twitch in my pants, but I ignored it and moved along. I had a nice chat with the dude working there (not the owner who I've talked to on previous visits). For some reason, when I went there before, I didn't even touch the high end stuff, which was just about everything. I guess at the time I figured that I couldn't afford it, so why tease myself... I'm glad that I didn't!. Anyway, we started talking about the Roscoe since I mentioned seeing it online, and I went ahead and picked it up... I played around with it myself, and he showed me how downright slap-nas-tay it can be... WOW. Just... WOW. I have to have that bass. I MUST HAVE IT. I went in thinking I'd check around and get something by February, March or so once I had the loot stacked just right... but now I find myself wishing I had the loot right now. Now I'm thinking... maybe I shoudln't visit Austin Bass Traders next. I've always wanted to get my hands on an MTD 535 or an F-Bass BN5, and they have both in stock. If I go and touch those things, will my pain increase along with my budget and loot-stacking timeframe?? Who knows? What I do know is that I now have true GAS. My gut hurts, but it hurts soooo good. I don't know how long I can go on in this condition!