I think this may be the definition of "spoiled" for a bass player: From my home it is just a bit less than 10 miles to Bass Northwest in Seattle, and less than 5 miles to Mike Lull's Guitar Works shop in Bellevue WA. I have taken all of my basses and guitars to Mike for setup, repair, and modifications for over 20 years, beginning when he did mainly repair work, and before he started building his fine line of instruments. One of my friends bought his first 5-string that he ever sold. Anyone who has ever set foot inside of Bass Northwest knows what a top-notch bass store is. If something exists in the bass world, they can get it, and often have it in stock. The eye and ear candy they have out on display in there will truly make your head spin. I have bought basses and amplification gear at BNW, and the staff there treats every customer as the most important one they have - from local legends to first-time buyers - everyone gets treated to a wonderful experience. They are knowledgable and patient, and seem to truly enjoy helping out fellow bassists find their dreams. The best day I have had in years was in spring of '07 when I went in to pick up my new custom order Modulus Quantum 5 with a burl myrtle top. I played it for a few weeks, then brought it to Mike Lull and had him do some magic on the Bartolini system that brought the best out of the beast. Damn, I am spoiled. http://www.bassnw.com/ http://www.mikelull.com/ I sometimes forget that many people have little more choice than a GC outlet, and that lots of TB members don't even have access to any stores within a hundred miles. How far do some of you have to travel to find a good bass shop or luthier/repair shop?