How many times have you walked into a guitar store to play a few different basses, expand your horizons, etc., and had varying experiences? I've had a few bad ones. Say what you will about Guitar Center, but they will let you play anything they have in there without a second thought. I'm sure this is largely because the $6 an hour kids that work in there could care less about what happens to the instruments. On the other hand...I've been into a certain, very well regarded higher-end shop here in Denver a few times. Each time but one, I've experienced a lot of impatience, and a little disinterest. On one trip I had the guy sticking post-it notes all over the bass before he let me touch it so that I wouldn't get finger oil on the wood, and at one point I was flatly denied when I asked to play a Mike Lull bass that was available for sale. I won't say the name of the store, but encourage any of you in Denver to guess where it was. For what it's worth, and just to complete the picture, and not because it should matter...I'm 35, a well-dressed professional, I drove up in a BMW, and I try to be very courteous when I take up a shopkeeper's time. However, I would never consider buying a high-end bass off the rack in a store without playing it first. (Pete Skjold is building me one now, and I won't play it before I buy it, but I think Pete will take care of me pretty well). Comments? Similar experiences? Guesses as to which store I was in?