After a few issues with getting a "new" bass, it's also given me time to think and I've slowly moved my focus from an entry level model to something a bit more substantial. I haven't yet pulled the trigger, but I'm extremely tempted. So what I'm wondering is if people generally have a practice bass to learn and mess about with, rather than put their prized possession through daily torture. Part of me is saying I should get something dirt cheap for practicing and messing about etc, but I don't know if I'm just being overly cautious. Any thoughts?