hi to all bass family members I 've been on talkbass for quite a while now, and cured what I called GAS by trying loads of basses (buying, trading selling... everybody understand what I mean here) here is my previously owned gear list: Chinese upright bass MUSICMAN stingray 4 FENDER custom shop jazz bass 64 Time machine NOS FENDER jazz bass 1977 FODERA imperial 5 FODERA monarch Victor Wooten '83 Classic FENDER Marcus Miller Japan with sadowsky onboard preamp FENDER jaco pastorius signature jazz bass fretless usa FENDER precision bass classic 50's MIM FENDER jazz bass reissue 75 USA Ken Smith BSR 6 GN EBS MICROBASS 2, WAH ONE, MULTI COMP, DYNAVERB, OCTABASS, UNICHORUS FENDER Marcus miller V usa MARKBASS standard 104 HF MARKBASS little mark 2 fender jazz bass passive MIM yamaha TRB6 FODERA emperor 2 5 strings Fbass BN6 IBANEZ GWB1 fretless MUSICMAN stingray 5 NS DESIGN 4 some are forgotten, it's the list about the gear I have since I'm on talkbass. I just wanted to share my experience with y'all with basses. First, I'm a fender guy. I grew up with fender instruments, I'm at home when I meet one. my first real bass was a fender marcus miller bass, I upgraded it with a sadowsky onboard preamp, it was the only bass I owned, then I met talkbass, and began my trip on gear land. I began to look after boutique instruments (It's not a boutique bash thread here, I like them, but my thing is something else) the first meeting with a pbass was with a classic 50, the bass was nice, was old fashioned (I prefer that), nothing else than two knobs a body a neck and a pu I really liked it a lot, and played it on stage, the sound was good, really fitting everywhere, and when I was playing to records, the sound was almost the same (for example aretha franklin stuff). I discovered also a new side of my playing, when I played the pbass, I was not tempted to support/solo... if you see what I mean, no unnecessary fills, I just wanted to groove, stay at my place, just play bass, that made me wonder about my playing and learned me a lot about other instrument I used to own one of the best basses I used to own was a fodera classic wooten, easiest bass (with my current pbass, a pino sig) and really nice, I decided to sell it because I always tried to play loads of notes on it, and the identity of this bass is really Wooten, (I love wooten), I brought this fodera to the dude who wanted to buy it, the minute he took it, he tried all the wooten licks, never played a single bass line ( funny story is that he owned my first fodera , an emperor II 5 string). Seeing that, I made up my mind to sell this wonder. I remembered myself trying a pino pbass in a store, and was amazed, but to me a pbass is a pbass, I decided to take my classic 50 to test it against a pino, and man I was wrong, I had the same strings on the classic 50, but it was dead sounding compared to the pino. So I had to get this pino, and especially the one I tried, I sold the classic 50, saved up a little bit, and went to buy this pbass. Now I still have it, I 'm happy about my tone, and my playing is always appreciated as a bass player because I put the groove first, and if soloing is needed I still can do it, in a more groovy way I can play every style, wether it is jazz, funk RnB, rock, it's the do it all bass of course Istill have a jazz for slap needs, but my main instrument became a pbass (I was a jazz guy first).