Hi Melonthief, This is a great initiative that you have there. Here is my story with Washburn bass, I had played in a progessive band from 1974 to 1981 and at that times I used my 1974 Gibson EB-4L and my 1965 Hofner 182 Professionnal then I entered University and I had no more times for music and my basses were stored in the closet until 2008. In 2008 I decided to take out my basses from the closet and I bought a Line6 pod Studio GX to play thru my computer. As I was looking on eBay for my wife's stuff I also look for the bass and was completly spellbind by a red Idol bass (WB66) and I ordered it and order some other brands bass that I always want to try in the past (Schecter Diamond serie IV, Aria pro II, Ovation Magnum III...) then I exchange my Schecter for a Washburn XS-5 and I really like the 80' sound of this bass and I am GASing since then on Washburn bass. For now I bought a small amp (Beckemer E100) and play about three hours every day trying different style and always playing my different Washburn bass. I hope to be part of a band in a near future when I'll found some good chaps and it's sure that I'll play some of my Washburn bass. For now I could probably call myself a collectionner instead of a thru musician but that's my dearest goal.