Stopped by a Guitar Center(let's just leave that part alone, not a lot of choices around here) that is farther away than the one that is my local one and this one has a separate room for basses, so I sat in there and played almost every 4 string they had, new and used. I wasn't looking to buy, just wanted to try out some basses because it's been decades since I tried any out. Nothing too exotic but a decent selection from Squiers to Spector, lots of Music man/Sterling stuff, Epiphone, good range of Fenders and Ibanez, some others that I can't remember. Anyway, when I do this with guitars, I can tell immediately by the feel that it's going to be a good guitar for me, don't even have to plug in and I'm always right. With the basses, pretty much everything unplugged sounded and felt the same or at least in the same ball park. This was a very weird experience, I was hoping to be blown away by some of the stuff that was closing in on the $2k range. Nothing was "bad" everything was "good". Obviously because it's GC, some of the stuff was suffering from poor setups due to people screwing around with everything, but I know enough to understand why a bass may be playing poorly due to those issues. I'm just getting back into bass after many. many years of playing guitar, so maybe my "taste" needs to develop or maybe I'm not as picky about bass as i am about guitar. Minus all the active electronics and stuff like that, what do you guys look for in a 4 string bass in terms of feel and play-ability? Also are they really making killer basses in the $300 range or are they overcharging in the $1,500.-- - $2,000.00 range or like I said above, maybe I'm just not that fussy yet because I'm just happy to be back playing bass?