Well, it's not like I've got the cash, considering I'm completely and utterly unemployed. But, I was up in Milwaukee this weekend and had to make the extra hour and 40 minute trek up to Kaukauna, WI, where the home of the only dealer in the midwest for Rob Elrick's basses lies. Electric City Music. Let me just say, the guy was so accommodating, he allowed me into his store, knowing I was without cash, 15 minutes before closing, and stayed 2 hours AFTER closing, just because I'd driven all the way from Chicago! That's a heck of a guy! Totally nice guy (his name was Jim). Anyway, all he had was a single cut 6-string. I'm no six string player...well...so I thought. This had a 36" scale, which I hate...or so I thought. It had one pickup instead of two, which isn't as versatile (as I'm used to)...or so I thought. This had a ramp in front of the pickup, which I've never played with. First of all, let me just say, this bass played nicer than any bass I've ever played, and actually, to my disbelief, played better than any MTD that I've ever played! Go figure! Some of you may know how much I love MTD basses: in fact, they converted me from 4-string to 5 with zero effort! I love everything about MTD's, except, they've never been as nice as this bass! Burled walnut top, black hardware, and maple neck (I'd get wenge). Body was not ash, rather it was walnut. I think I like the walnut. Is ash better? Jim was trying to tell me I'd like it more. Oh well...if somebody can compare the two for me, let me know. Anyway, Jim went one step further: he called a local resident who bought a 4-string Elrick for his son. It had one of the most beautiful burled tops I've ever seen! I played it, and...ho-hum! No big deal. In his defense, the batteries and strings could be very old...it just sounded dead and flat. So, I went back to the 6-string. I couldn't put it down. It was so much fun to play, and so much lighter than my Spector, which has 2 less strings, less bridge mass, less electronics, 2 fewer tuners...UNBELIEVABLE!!! I came home today and showed my wife a picture of it. Her response? Which bass are you gonna get rid of to get that thing? I think the MIM has a short life ahead of itself...(it's very replaceable in the future, right???) Oh well...new goal: graduate from MBA school tomorrow (not really) and buy myself that darned Elrick!!!