Skip to paragraph 3 for the basses if you don't want the backstory.... So I recenly disovered this place in my neighborhood "Andy's Music" (Belmont and Oakley) They are a drum shop and exotic music store. (ex. sitars to bajo sexto to cello to harpsichord to every kind of drum and chime in existance) They keep some Oscar Schmidt guitars on hand for the inevitable person who wants a guitar, but I did some digging (it's that kind of place) and found some extraordinary basses. After talking to the salesman I learned that they used to be a warwick dealer back around '01. I had to play through a keyboard amp, but I got to play.... a 12 string Warwick neck-thru corvette: Really cool sounding bass. Strung four string with additional. Two smaller octave strings for each. Very eastern sounding. Had semour duncan soapbars in it. A warwick Alien. Good sounding acoustic bass. Looked really cool. not as phenomenal as I expected, but I didn't plug it in. A Warwick Fortress Flashback: the one with the lipstick pickups and pearloid picguard. I am not generally a warwick fan, but if it had a wider/flatter neck this is a warwick I could definately see myself purchasing. Oddly enough, it was passive... I did not realize that Flashbacks were passive, but it makes sense. A very lively versatile bass, considering it only had 3 knobs. A Frettless set neck viola/cello bass from Ecuador. This impecabe bass, made in the tradition of classical instruments, was a real Jem. The body was as wide as a standard semihollow bass, but roughly the same same shape as a slope shoulder upright bass, but somewhere between the size of a full size viola and a half size cello. The neck was shaped like a cello neck and had a fully carved scroll and a full scale (34")fingerboard that extended over the body like a cello, over a wooden bridge and attached to an ebony tailpiece. One pickup at the end of the fingerboard, and no knobs. Despite the comparatively small and thin body, the bass projected as well as almost any acoustic bass I have ever played. It sounded closer to an upright than any other electric bass, and most EUB's I have played. The story is that 4 of these were made by a luthier in Equador, one went to gibson, who obviously didn't decide to manufacture the instrument, one stayed in Equador, and two came to America via friends of the Andy. Any Gibson fans have any additional information about this? Suffice to say that that anyone with an interest in wierd instruments should check this place out. I found it by accident, but it was a really cool experience, with a real treasure hunt vibe.