I dood it! (Bugs Bunny fans will know the reference.) Darn those guys at basscentral. They are evil. EVIL, I say! I emailed them today asking after the price of a Bongo equipped, but not colored, the way I want, and was informed that the exact Bongo I'm GASing for just happens to be in the pipeline (fretted 5, HH w/piezo, Desert Gold...which is pretty rare, as it turns out...email exchanges with EBMM indicated that such a bass does not currently exist in inventory, anywhere). I did a bit of dickering, and wound up dropping a deposit on it. Gad, I feel like such a traitor. I really love my current bass, a 1997 Carvin LB75A that I've hotrodded with Bartolini pickups and an Aguilar OBP-3 preamp. It's a tone monster, and a great instrument. A bit pimpy and over the top for my tastes with gold hardware, quilt top and abalone block inlays, but what the heck...it plays and sounds great. But I made the mistake of picking up a Bongo at GC some weeks ago and was mightily impressed. It really turned my head, and I've been GASing ever since. An unfortunate fact of marital and financial life is that I can only have two basses, one fretted and one fretless. So if I'm really going to become a Bongoloid, I'll have to make a choice. I'll have to do a straight shootout between a Bongo and my Carvin, using my own rig. Winner stays in the bed, loser gets cab fare. I'm trying to figure out the best way to do that. My current inclination is to go to one of the local Guitar Centers and actually buy a HH Bongo 5, keep it for a few days to do the test, and return it. I'm mildly troubled by the ethics of that...buying an instrument knowing up front that I'm going to take it back...but it is Guitar Center, after all, and I'd never buy an instrument from them under any circumstances anyway. And I still think it looks like a....um....never mind.