Well it's kinda my first REAL bass, you probably don't remember but my previous one was like 30yrs old. The new one is an Ibanez Soundgear GSR 200. It cost £195 sterling. I quite like it. But more to the point- the shop I bought it from was real cool. I tried a fretless (yes! a fretless!)- how cool are they?! I thought they would be difficult but they aren't - real smooth- 'll have to get one eventually (you can get a real good vibrato effect like violinists use). Tried a six string. 'twas good. Also decided that I must have a Peavey Fury- £320, nice through-body stringing, active electronics (I think). Unfortunately, it was out of my price range, but they look so good I want one. Hope I haven't bored you too much, but if I am doing, then you should have stopped reading by now.