As any New Yorker can tell you, hitting up 48th street in the city is like stepping into a candy store. My first stop was Sam Ash (I go from worst store to best), then Manny's and finally Rudy's. Sam Ash- Exactly what I expected; tons of basses, all of which have extremely bowed necks and mile high action. The Jaco fretless I played was pretty sweet though; strung up with rounds it was a really punchy voice. I couldn't really stand to play much else there because of the setups, but an Ibanez BTB series bass (mahogany body, bubinga top) was pretty nice to play, probably the ONLY well setup instrument in the store. Manny's- The staff is much nicer here, some actually know what the hell is going on in the store and have something useful to tell you. I played a Jaco sig. there too as well as a standard Fender Jazz fretless. Both were setup really badly, and if I were considering buying any of them would have asked for a truss rob adjustment. Also played an MTD, not sure of the model. Korean made, single MM pickup, passive controls. It played very very nicely, but the sound was not there for me at all. Rudy's- If you are semi-serious and can walk into a store and know what your talking about, come to this one. The prices leave much to be desired and you have to ask to play any instrument in the store, but it's well worth it. You won't find any Ken Smith's with huge dents in em, all the basses are really well taken care of, even fingerprints get wiped off before the sales guy puts them back. Anway, played my first fretless Zon, a 5 string legacy with a spalted maple top and an ebony fretboard (according to the guy; it was definitely wood, just not sure what kind). This bass SUNG!!! I know that at some point a Zon fretless is a must for me; if you haven't played one please do so! No strerility here, just amazing tone in every possible meaning of the word. Next was a Pedulla pentabuzz, another outright amazing fretless, easily on par with the Zon. A KSD (Ken Smith Design) Fretless jazz was a nice player and very good for the price (bout 800), but needed a setup. I think that's enough for now. If you plan on visiting NYC thats the place to go, along with the Guitar and Bass boutique (whose address I can't remember... in the 50's somwhere; they carry F-basses).