[Oops, second attempt, sorry about that] I'm not sure if it's quite the done thing to create yet another topic with yet another poll just for some equipment advice, but having done loads of reading and research on the subject I'm now just going round and round in circles and need some help! To cut to the chase I'm thinking of getting my 3rd bass, although in real terms it'll be my first "normal" bass; of the two at present, the Columbus P has a nice sound but the poor old thing lacks a certain something in terms of playability, and my TRB4II is destined for BEAD tuning. In terms of what I'll be playing, potentially lots of stuff but probably gravitating toward late '70s and early '80s punk, rock and new wave type music. My "amp for life" is an Ashdown ABM 500 combo with 2x10" speakers. Of the options, I guess that a decent P should be top of the list: my bass heroes, Phil Spalding, JJ Burnel and Steve Harris are all Precision guys. It was Spalding's sound that corrupted me into the world of the bass-player in the first place. Then there's the Jazz. I've always hated the way it looks but I can't fault the new FMTs and those "in the know" always say they're so much more versatile than the Ps. Who am I to argue with the likes of Jaco? Next is the Stingray. A bit like the Jazz, those "in the know" sometimes suggest it's a step up from the humble P, and it certainly has a reputation for more reliable build-quality. And I think Spalding sometimes used one as well. Trouble is do I choose a fretted one to go for the traditional sound and make it my main bass, or do I get a fretless so I can pretend to be Pino Palladino or Nick Beggs and keep it as an "occasional" (but something that would still be potentially more entertaining for me at least). The next one is a bit of an enigma for me, the Rickenbacker 4003. I never liked its looks and in spite of being a bit of a Motörhead fan and liking Lemmy's style of playing, I always hated the tone he got out of it. Same with Alan Davey. Then again a lot of bands I liked, right from the days of '70s punk with The Jam to the latest flavour of the month Franz Ferdinand sound pretty damn good. Or I could just be silly and bankrupt myself on an Alembic; everyone says they're great so they must be. If I get enough pennies left over from flogging my house (don't worry, it's not just for GAS, I'm not _that_ dedicated!) I might even have enough for a pair of basses or one fairly modest "luxury" model. I'll leave it there before this post reaches epic status. I promise to post pictures once I acquire something new. Chris.