I went to Sam Ash yesterday to pick up my Lakland DJ5. when I walked in I heard someone tearing up a Wayne Shorter tune on frettless bass, with key boards riding shotgun. It was this little, long haired guy, I had no idea who he was. It turned out to be J.D. from "Black Label Society", a band I had never heard of. He was doing a performance there. However, he was the coolest guy you could ever want to meet. Plus, the man plays with tons of feeling, more than a lot of jazz guys I have seen live. Another thing about his playing that I absolutely loved was that this cat went into the bassment whenever possible and made it sound so melodic. I am personally tired of hearing guys with 6 strings that hardly touch the E string, never mind the B. His basses were tuned down and the powerful lowend is what bass is all about to me. Anchoring the bottom, not the middle or top. He talked to everyone throughout, laughing and joking. The people really loved him. I have to say that the guys from Hartke, which sponsored him, where also very cool. I have always thought their products were great value but they are extremely cool, down to earth dudes also. So now I plan to pick up some Black Label Society cd's and my future gear purchases will be Hartke. J.D.'s set up sounded great with power and clarity for a lot less money than you would expect. I am also gonna start checking out some of these metal bass players!.