Unfortunate, I can no longer bang on the drums all day. My tinnitus has become quite bad. I'm a heavy striker and maybe it was from the cymbals or years of abuse. I have tried out electronic drums for volume control but playing them feels so lifeless and unfulfilling. I need to play something to feed the soul so I have decided to pick up the bass. Through the years I have played with guys who use rics.... a least until everyone chased me out into a different room for playing too loud. Love the sound the ric creates. I'm under no illusions that I can become the next Geddy Lee, Chris Squire or Cliff Burton. It makes no sense at my level of play for me to lay out the cash needed to buy a real ric. Is there a bass out there that will give me the ric sound I'm looking for? I don't care what the bass looks like. Right now I practice with a Schecter with active pickups and I can not get the sound I want. I'm not good with modding electronics...I'm a drummer I HIT THINGS.