Today I was killing time at a local music store A/B-ing my SR5 with a Fender Deluxe 5. The Fender Deluxe 5 was nice and since I have terminal GAS, I was thinking about a possible switch. Then another bassist introduced himself and we started to play. We are both about the same age and have funk backgrounds and that guy is a great player. After some tentative playing, I put down the Fender and picked up the SR5 because I know it so much better. Once I got my sound on a nice Ampeg (Portasound 250, I think), I could really play along. We ended up doing some fun stuff inn which we took turns soloing. The bottom line is that Stingray really responds to me. I think GAS is a curse sometimes because I know from experience that it can make you get rid a perfectly good instrument for something that it less than what you already have. I know from experience that me and SR5s go together like Rum and Coke or hotdogs and mustard. I've got to remember that the next time I look at some bass and want to get rid of my Stingray!