Besides my grandfathers Rickenbacker, the only other bass I really ever wanted was Ernie Ball SR4. I remember hearing this bass on numerous recordings and thinking how monstrous the tone. Because I worked part time at an arcade at the time, I never really thought that I'd ever have the $1.5K to spend on a instrument of that caliber. When I was about 20 years old the band I was playing in at the time was auditioning vocalist. Come to find out the guy we chose was also a bass player and had the sickest SR4 I'd ever seen. It had a black body, rosewood fretboard and matching black headstock. I literally wore this guys down by bugging him every waking moment to sell me the bass. He finally caved after about 3 months of nonstop badgering on my part. Aside from the birth of my children this was one of the highest points of my life. The bass was everything I ever dreamed. I quickly dropped every other bass I had at the time and only used my SR4. That bass went through a lot with me; about 5 different bands a wife and many other high and low points in my life. I found myself out of work and desperate to jam. I put out an add in Craigslist (a decision I would regret the rest of my life) as a Bass player looking for a band. The guys who responded to the ad wound up being a ex-con who had a lot of emotional and psychological baggage. Hell of a musician but a total whack job. One day after a late night practice I decided that I would leave my gear at his hovel, since we were going to gig the following day. Everything about this screamed DONT DO IT MAN, but the thought was silenced by my laziness and the inebriation brought on by the mass consumption of Lone Star beer. The following morning I awoke with a bad feeling in my gut. I figured it was from the late night jam/party session I had had with my new found prison pal. Just as I was about to call this loser the phone rang. I answered my cell and the next moments are somewhat of a blur. Turns out (from his account) that his house had been burglarized and along with some of his crappy gear my SR4 was taken too. I will never live down the decisions I made that night. Take heed friends! Please feel free to share your stories of the bass that you miss the most.