I was in a music store today. They had a Rickenbacker bass hanging on the wall behind the counter. "Cool!", I said. "I've never actually seen a Rickenbacker before. I'd like to try it out." The guy working there gave me some line of B.S. about how they don't let anyone play it, that Rickenbackers are like museum pieces and that if it even gets a scratch, it is all over. Serious inquires only. How the hell am I to know if I want to buy a bass unless I can actually play it first? Okey, I didn't have the $1,200 on the tag to spare, but. . . so what? Is this for real, or was he smoking crack?