My first attempt at starting a real thread. Here goes. Here's a thread for those of us who never get to jump on all those "Show Your (insert well known bass maker name here)" threads. I hope I'm not the only one with a great bass nobody else has heard of. Lets see some pics, and hear a bit about them! Every well known luthier was little known once....or else, let this little wanna be thread slide into obscurity. Here are my Ristolas. Brian Ristola makes them in New Hampshire. I get to wander around Boston maybe once a year. Last year, I wandered into Rock City Guitars in Somerville MA. I had no need of another bass, but I like to look around. Then I saw this fretless, and I had to play it, then after playing it I had to take it home, and explain to my Warwick fretless that it was going to have to find a new home. There's a better pic at www.rockcityguitar.com. I cannot say enough good things about this bass. Bartolini p/u's and electronics, selectable mid frequency, fret lines (a crutch yes, but you wouldn't want to hear me off my crutches) that are barely visible from a few feet away (or on camera). There are a lot of laminates in here, I can't imagine the work that went into it. Sweet Jazzish neck. So this year, I'm back in the area, so I stop in again. This time, I was thinking I'd like to get a feel for a few nice 5 strings. I'd recently sold my Tobias, and wondered if I'd ever be able to find a 5 I liked that much again, sometime off in the future when I could afford it. Then I saw this one, and you can guess the rest. Bart p/u's again, but an Aguilar OBP-1 preamp. Awesome combination. Buries my Tobias. I tested it for a bit, then tried a Sadowsky. Just didn't do it for me. The Tyler 5 next sounded very good, but I didn't dig the looks and the neck didn't play as nice. Course all that's relative, a different bass will suit different hands and ears better than mine. I forgot the bit about not being able to afford it. Now I have to remember how to pay for it when the credit card bill comes. Not that they're expensive for this quality of instrument, but when you're selling things to pay off your bills anything's expensive. I was thinking I might get a custom built, but this 5 felt and sounded so perfect that I wouldn't dare change anything. I could go on, but these basses are perfect for me. Stop by Rock City if you're in the area and check one out. So... anyone else found a bass that's the cat's pajamas, that draws compliments and "What is that, anyway?"