Why is set up so poor these days? I've ordered a couple of basses from Reverb and big box stores. From the Mom and Pop shops, you might expect a better level of expertise and care than the big stores...but it's equally awful. You name it, it's a problem on every single bass I've bought in the last year or so. It's not like I have this specific preference for my setup, and I don't think any of you would be comfortable for the way these arrive. I've had the experience of opening the case on a bass, tuning it up, and have it be very close to perfect. But those days seem long gone.