I've been playing for 5-6 years on a 200 dolllar (canadian) Vantage bass. I just sold it to get a Washburn Taurus T-24 new for 625 (canadian) and have about 700 bucks to spend. I like the washburn and how it feels and plays, but people have been telling me their quality control and overall quality has gone down really low. Another thing was I could feel the frets overlapping the fretboard on my fretting hand, not a big deal I thought but maybe it is? The only other basses that sorta tickled my fancy were a spector 4 with a quilted maple top for 1000, and a geddy lee for 1000, but there's another 300 dollars I would have to get for either (I dont work and cant make money easily, and my family is poor haha). It's bassically a toss up between the washburn and spector. and I could really use the other 300 for other stuff, like another cab for my amp so I can get more wattage. I think the washburn would tide me over for a year or two (maybe more) until I get something really nice, but what is your oppinion? I did a search through this forum to see other options in my price range, but found nothing other than the geddy lee.