Buy a bass now... If you're getting a fretless and don't play fretless alot already, don't spend $4000. There are quite a few good basses around $1500. Try to buy something that you will be able to sell later so if you don't like it you can buy a $4000 bass later if necessary. Quite honestly, I have to agree with most of the folks... I don't know if a $4000 bass will play that much better than a $1500 bass. I have a few high end basses and I was GASing for a fodera until I played one. It was different but now another 3k better than my Ken Smith. Due to production and aftermarket parts, you can make a great bass for $1500.