I was at guitar center, buying an amp,(Ampeg B2R and BSE410HLF for $800), when I fell in love with the Ibanez BTB1005 prestige bass. The batteries were almost dead and I thought it sounded like crap, so the sales goof took it into the back and tried to fix it. While he was in the back (prb reading some manual!), I picked up the Conklin GT7 bass. It felt just better than the Ibanez, was $800 (their cost), and had two more strings. Keep in mind that this is my first bass! Though I played drums and guitar for a lifetime... He came back with the Ibanez ready to roll and I interrupted and asked him to compare to the two. He said the ibanez has a nice combination of woods, but the conklin was like playing the whole tree! So I said, "I'll take it!" I love the bass to death and it sounds wonderful...Just a small (but importiant) quiestion: How is this monster tuned? I figure it is B, E, A, D, G, B, E. Just dont want to do anything wrong, i/e tune a string too hi. Thanks for the help, and if it wasnt for the few blurbs about Conklin basses on here, I would have never considered it! Thanks!