and I wish I had about $9,000 to spare. I played: an Elrick "Platinum Series eVolution" 5-string seen here (first one), a Ken Smith BG-BSR5M 5-string seen <a href="http://www.bassemporium.com/kensmith/kensmithframeset.html">here</a> and a Roscoe LG-3005 5-string seen here (second one). I'll start from the top-- All of these were played through an Aggie DB750 and a Bergie 210 (drool). The Elrick absolutely blew me away. GORGEOUS bass, INCREDIBLE tone, and surprisingly lightweight. I'm assuming that it has a chambered body. After I played, another guy came in and absolutely tore it up on that bass. Made it sound a lot better than I did. Just wish I could afford the $4000 price tag The Ken Smith was EXTREMELY nice too. I played it for about 10 or 15 minutes and liked it pretty well. Had a wide range of tones and a quick neck. I was actually somewhat disappointed though. Not sure if it was just this particular bass or what, but I didn't like it as well as I thought (read: hoped!) that I would. Not a bad price though--$2049. Lastly, the ROSCOE. All I can say is....WOW. As soon as I picked up this thing I fell in love. Great action, good feel, and INCREDIBLE tone. This bass just seemed to FIT in my hands. I loved everything about it. After playing this bass and the Elrick (both with Barts), I think I am now officially a Bart lover Depending on how things go over spring break (with my job interview for the relatively high-paying summer job I'm hoping to get), AND how things go on my bass-hunt to DFW, I might just be returning to BE to try and pick up that Roscoe. On another note, I also played a couple of basses that I've never played before at a Guitar Center just down the road. I played my first StingRay 5, and I guess it was alright. It was a demo model at GC, so I can't comment too much about it, but I guess I liked it ok. Too expensive, if you ask me, but still a nice bass. I played the beloved Bongo Bass too. Liked it pretty well. Got a nice growl from it. Didn't spend too much time here--I knew immediately that wasn't what I was lookin' for. I also played a Warwick Corvette 5, and to be honest I didn't like it at all. I've always heard that you either love Warwicks or you hate them. Guess which side I'm on Last I played a Pedulla Rapture 5. Didn't like this one much either. I must admit though--the setup was HORRIBLE. The strings were probably 3/4 of an inch off the fretboard at the 12th fret. It had a fairly decent tone (through an Ampeg SVT-Pro and 410/215 classic--which is what I played all the GC basses through), I guess. It also seemed really expensive (>$2,000) for the bass that you got.