I severely bruised my hand last Friday, in a struggle with my wardrobe and so was a bit worried about the gig last night...I arranged for another sit-in bassist to be ready if my hand gave up the ghost. I play five string, and the sit-in guy doesn't, so I told him to bring a 4 string with him. He brought a black '66 P bass in original condition. It was quite simply the best bass I have ever played in my life. Ever. The tone was richly complex...with all the mature texture that you expect from a good P bass. From the fruity bass to delicate highs that bass sounded real. My 5 string sounded like an Ibanez in comparison. The neck was sweet. Playability first rate. And the b****** refused to sell me the bass. I can not rest till I have made it mine. I am in love. Very much in love. And it will forever be unrequited.