I just got back from this store about 5 minutes ago. I am still steaming! After the whole ride home, I could kick someones ass. I was treated like such **** (crap) .. I go to MAE, a music store here in Davie (ft. lauderdale area). They have alot of basses that other stores wouldn't think of carrying: Lakland, Alembic, Parker, Peavey Cirrus, Status, and a few others that I can't remember. I really only went for new strings, but decided to take a look around at some basses and rack equipment (B'ringers).. I tried out some Alembic's and Status' . The stratus 4 was sooo nice, graphite neck, low low action, huge tone and great VW like sound ( like i was reading about in the Fodera thread ) It was like a dream bass to play, I HAVE SERIOUS GAS for this and will save my pennies till I get one, but not from this store. I was jamming out on the Status, gettin into it but playing moderately low, people would walk by and pause and give a listen cuz i was slappin the poo outta it. Needless to say, the guitar section right next to the basses, there's the Manager and some old guy lookin at fender's with the volume almost halfway to heaven, and shaking the walls of the store, and the Manager there just nodding and smiling, 'this guitar sounds great, eh?' .. I then turn mine up a little just so I could hear myself, and he walks over.... 'Can I help you? Are you going to buy something? Cuz we'd like to keep the basses down. Our bass guy isn't here today but if you are going to buy something we could spend all day with you.' I just sat there blankly staring at him thinking, 'your an idoit.' I said , 'no just looking for right now, I'll be getting strings in a little. You have 36" strings for a 4 string bass?' Manager: I don't know where they'd be located, our bass guy isn't here. Me: When will he be here? Manager: Let me check............. The general consensus here is no one knows when he'll be in. But please keep it down. I'll send someone over to help you He walks off, im just shaking my head laughing to myself, and thinking, if i was playing a guitar he'd be licking my balls to buy something. So this little mexican fellow comes over and I ask how much for the status, I may as well been speaking english to this man (oh wait, i was, but he still didn't understand i was ASKING FOR THE FLIPPIN PRICE) .. his reply.. 'Uh uh, let me see the bass I will have it checked.' He comes back "$2000. Is that in your price range?!" I said, not bad, but not today. Maybe around $700 or $800. So he takes the bass, puts it back on the wall, takes the chord out of the amp I was playing, rolls it up, and walks off. WHAT THE HELL IS THAT? I'm just sitting there thinking, great way to make some money. I get up and start walking out, the manager says 'Come again.' and i said 'No way'. I have never been treated like that. Tell your friends, that place wouldn't know customer service if it was taking a dump on their head. On the other hand though, that status bass was sooooooo amazing. I'm going to have both dreams and nightmares about it cuz I want it sooo bad.