Hello all, I will be financing a new bass guitar soon and I would like your input before I make my final decision. Listed below are the features Im looking for and a list of random notes divided in to make/manufacturer. Any input will be appreciated. Thanks Desired Features: 1.Must be durable / rugged / robust 2.Around the $2,000 price range 3.Must be comfortable to play a.Rounded edges b.Smooth frets without losing that growling fret sound during a slide 4.5 string 5.24 fret 6.Long scale neck a.How is this measured / defined? b.What is the advantage/disadvantage to the scale length of the neck? 7.Wood finish body a.Zero to medium gloss 8.Neck wood type = I dont know yet a.I really dont know the advantage/disadvantage to each wood type 9.Possibly active pickups a.Possibly one soap bar and one jazz pickup 10.Thin neck a.How is this measured / defined? 11.Small to medium string spacing a.How is this measured / defined? Top 3 Choices: 1.Modulus Genesis 2.Tobias 3.Carvin I would really like to actually play the instrument before I buy it without paying for it. Is that even realistic? Bass Guitar Manufacturers List: 1.Acacia (Formerly FM) a.No Longer in production i.http://www.talkbass.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-79237.html 2.Surine a.New/retail = Out of my price range b.http://www.surinebasses.com/prices.shtml 3.Modulus a.New/retail = Probably out of my price range b.http://www.modulusguitars.com/v3/ c.Quantum Bass = approx $3,500 d.Modulus VJ Bass = approx $2,500 i.Only has 4 strings and 21 frets available for both of their models e.Funk Unlimited standard 22 frets i.FB5 = $3,339 ii.FBJ5 = $3,499 f.Genesis Bass (relatively new model) I like this one i.Wood neck with carbon center ii.http://www.smart- iii.distribution.co.uk/bassandguitar/modulusguitars/genesisbass.html 1.BG5 - £1695 (5-string, nut 1.88", @ 24 fret*3.00", string spacing* 17 mm) iv.http://www.talkbass.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-1235.html 4.Alembic a.WAY out of my price range. F&@k!!! b.http://www.alembic.com/index.html 5.Tobias (A subsidiary of Gibson) a.Best Buy local dealer (I think) i.Best Buy - Store 277 11525 Metcalf Ave Overland Park, KS 66210 United States b.http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Divisions/Tobias/ c.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobias_(bass_guitar_company) 6.Lakland a.http://www.lakland.com/ b.Bartolini electronics c.LH3 electronics 7.Carvin a.http://www.carvinguitars.com/customshop/basses.php b.The Neck through basses look pretty cool i.And they are in my price range ii.And they are all new builds upon order iii.http://www.carvinguitars.com/customshop/neckthroughbasses.php 8.Warwick a.http://www.warwick.de/modules/produkte/product_list.php?katID=14416&submenuID=14416 b.Affordable / In price range 9.Schecter a.Cheep / affordable 10.Robelli a.Probably not . i.http://www.talkbass.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-135091.html 11.Sadowsky a.Might be too pricy for what you get b.http://www.sadowsky.com i.The link did not work for me 12.G&L a.http://www.glguitars.com/instruments/USA/customcreations/index2.asp b. 13.OLP a.http://www.olpguitars.com/ i.This link did not work for me b.They are way cheep i.http://www.google.com/products?hl=e...s&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wf 14.Roscoe a.http://www.roscoeguitars.com/century_signature_series.htm b.Bartolini electronics c.