The reason I bring this up is two fold. It's impossible to go on Talkbass and not hear about these basses. I never really gave them much afterthought until recently. Years ago my friend Jim bought a Two Rock boutique guitar half stack back when the company was still small. Jim spent nearly $3k over a decade ago and after playing it for a while he can't play it anymore live. He said it sounds GREAT alone, but once it's in the mix it doesn't sound "familiar". The audience can't relate to it, so he went back to his Marshall. He plays in cover bands, so basically he now has a $3k paper weight. Do boutique basses suffer the same fate or do you guys play them as your daily driver ? There are basses that I only see on Talkbass and they are just names to me, but the more I look into them the more they come to life and I want to try them badly. I'm talking about : Mayones Elrick Muckelroy Cliff Bordwell Alien Audio Dragonfly, AtelierZ (the MIJ heavyweights ! Especially Dragonfly OMG !) Maruszczyk (Can't spell that one without looking !) These have been on my GAS list for the last month or so ever since Quadzilla started the "Polish basses are killin' it thread". I own a Garz bass built by Mark Garza and I've owned a few from him over the years and they are wonderful. I think if Mark was a little more well known his basses would command more because he knows how to build anything you can think of. Priced from anywhere from $1,500-$3,000 which is what one would expect to pay for a forever bass. I like the basses that are right in the sweet spot of classic meets modern bass. I seem to always gravitate back to my production basses like Peavey and SIRE. It seems apparent to me that there's a reason the production basses sell. They are GOOD. They also sound good. I mean, how good can a bass get ? I feel like between my Peavey RJIV, Cirrus, and SIREs I'm covered but I still think there's a bass out there that will blow my mind when I hold it. I want to have that experience ! Like when I played a Cirrus for the first time I never was so blown away. To make it even better, the Cirrus is affordable. Does your boutique bass cover all your needs or do you have to have a more "mainstream sounding" bass ? Some engineers don't even want you unless it's a Fender. And, of the basses mentioned above which ones are known to have necks to die for ? I know for me, it's not so much the bass as it is the neck feel.