So, today I went to the local guitar store to buy a speaker cable for my schroeder (which still hasn't arrived btw ). I noticed a few basses on the wall. So, I ask the guy behind the counter if I can try one out. I tell him all I have right now is a MIM P Bass, so he grabs a MIA P Bass (brand new btw, with an s-switch? anyway...) and hands it to me. The first thing I notice, before I plug it in, is that the action is much, much lower than on my MIM. Also, the frets look much different than my MIM (crowned?). Then I plug it in (they had an Ampeg head--don't remeber what kind, just that the dial levels were shown by a series of lights around the dial, instead of just the usual numbers printed around it--that ran into an Ampeg 4x10) and the sound is incredible: night and day compared to my MIM. They had it set up nicely in the showroom (like I said earlier, very low action) with no fret buzzing at all (and the intonation sounded good as well). The point of this thread? To tell how good Fenders are? Maybe. But no, theres a catch (sorry, you can't get away with just reading this large post): I have a few questions. I have been considering purchasing a new bass (not until after my b-day--I love living with the parentals -- which is accually approaching quickly). I had a couple in mind already: - Peavey Cirrus (yes, I always believe the hype) - MusicMan Stingray Notice the absense of the MIA? Here are my questions: Is the MIA compareable to the other basses? Is the Cirrus good for finger style playing (I've heard it's great for slap) What is the string spacing on the Cirrus (I've heard it's smaller; Is that only on the 5 string version?) Has anyone tried 2 or all 3 of these basses and have an (honest, please) opinion on which they prefer and why? I am now thinking about getting the Fender (mainly because I can play it before I buy it, and because it is cheaper than the other two) or at least adding it to the list. I dont have a way to try the Cirrus, but I've heard Guitar Center carries Musicmans (theres a GC that's farther away, but I would drive quite a way so I could try this before making a decision), so I would need some good reasons to buy it "blind." Hopefully GC has a well set up MIA and a Stingray that I can A/B on my rig. But, before I go, I'd like some more info on each (and incase they don't have a MM in stock). Thank you for reading my book, and thanks to those who will shed some light on my dilema. EDIT: Oh, I am not just considering the P (that's just the only Fender I tried) I was looking at a P/J on the wall too (or a J would be nice) EDIT 2: BTW, I play basically everything imagianable (exept country and punk) jazz, funk, reggea, metal, prog, blues, rock, rock, rock... (you get the picture).