Just had a heart stopping moment with my Ibanez 5 string. Was sitting in the dining area just off the kitchen, going through the usual - scales, songs, blah blah. Phone goes off. Off goes the amp. Un leash the bass. Place it on the stand, and promptly go to the hallway to answer the phone. Thirty seconds later, I hear a crash.... phone goes down, and looked into the other room. there was the bass lying face down on the tiled floor with dog sniffing it. (He has been recently getting more and more curious about the basses) In a panic, I finished the call, looked at the bass. Nothing hanging off, and nothing at right angles. Plugged it in. Working. Tone and volume knobs working fine, and even still more or less in tune. (b string a bit flat, but hey). *phew*. Another thorough examination, and appeared ok. Lesson: Do not practice in a tiled kitchen/dining/tv room when nosey dogs are about. If you have to, do not leave bass unattended with aformentioned dog. If you didn't have a heart condition beforehand, you would certainly ease yourself into one quite quickly. Actually, while Im thinking of it, Is there anything Im overlooking? Just have images of something stupid happening like it going out of tune by looking at it, or strings start snapping or something as a result!