So, bassmonkeee and me go to Guitar Center this morning. They've got a no payments/no interest 'till 2003 deal going on, and I need a portable backup rig. Who knew.. I'd be walking out with a new/used bass, too! I'm trying out the SWR Workingman's 15, which I ended up buying, and bassmonkeee comes walkin' over with this Ovation Magnum bass from the '70s. You've probably seen one of these; it's got a wacky shape, weird-looking bridge, lots of knobs, etc. And, this one was outfitted with flatwounds. Well, I plugged it in and it was instant, old-school, killer tone. It played great, too: no buzzing and the neck and frets are in excellent shape. The coolest feature of the bass is the mute switch on the bridge. You can raise the mutes up halfway and it makes the bass sound like you're plugged into some kind of outer space pedal! It was a no-brainer, clearly, but I still had to call the boss. She balked at first, but then she bailed me out by suggesting that she could give it to me for Christmas. And this works out great for her, because I saved her the shopping trip, she wound up getting me a great present, and -- because I bought it with the amp -- I got to roll the price of the bass into my 12-month free financing deal. The bass itself cost $279, by the way. The only hitch is, the wife says the bass is going in the closet until Christmas day. You gotta give a little to get a little, I guess. So, all in all, a very fruitful trip to GC. And, do I have a great wife, or what?