Pardon my pedestrian thinking BUT to my mind Peavey now seems to me to be an as good as, IF NOT A BETTER than starting place for a begining bassist. For that matter non beginers also. I'm not saying Fenders aren't valid as they clearly are. I am inclined to say new Peavey basses are a better value than new Fender basses. At least to my ears & fingers! Of course "taste" comes into play also! What about you? What do you think?