which happens to be owned by Sam Ash, and the kid sales person follows me up to the bass department. "Do you have any Bongo basses?", I ask. His response, in a salesmanlike drone, "No. We don't stock them. I hear a lot of bad things about those basses." He obviously had no idea who he was talking to. I (who is generally incredibly polite and kind) looked him directly in the eye and said, "Don't waste another ounce of your breath. I am completely and totally obsessed with that bass, I've played them, and I am getting one." He then said, "Did you ever check out a Sterling, they're really nice basses you know". My adrenaline flowed. I felt like this guy wanted to first talk badly about, and then try to sell me - my own family. I really felt as if he were trying to tell me about my own mother and father. Do I get the bass geek award yet???? Of course I had to ask him what it was he heard that was bad about the bongo. He said that people say the body is awkward and uncomfortable. I'm sure he heard this from all the people he knows who have them. I know this dumb-ass stuff has been posted a million times, but when are these salespeople going to learn to listen to a customer before openeing thier dumb mouths. How bout asking me what kind of bass I play? Why I'm interested in a bongo? What I know and don't know about them? Ask a few freaking questions before making assumptions and saying things that make ultra sensitive, egotistical, bass people like myself very upset and angry.