hey friends, just got back from my first trip to bass central. what a great freakin' place. it's a little out of the way (about 20 minutes from downtown orlando) but well, well, well worth the trip. they have about a bazillion basses in the place (although most of them aren't out front) and they'll let you play them all, take all the time you need, etc. i spent the better part of the afternoon there and checked out pretty much everything they had - it's all pretty high end, and to tell you the truth i could have easily spent the entire day, or week, just hanging out there. a special thanks to Gard and his crew, who were so amazingly hospitable. they make you feel totally welcome and a part of the gang. i'll buy all my future instruments and gear from them just because they were all such great people to be around. on a sad note: i did learn, the hard way, that when you go to very high-end specialty bass stores, i am not nearly as skilled as i once had hoped i might be. there were some people in there who could *really* play. wow. thanks again, Bass Central and Gard! you guys were awesome. i'm definitely buying from you again.