I was in Bass Central in Orlando on Saturday a week ago to find a suitable alternative to my Warwick Corvette Standard 5. I drove there from Tampa just to observe and lay my hands on some of the finest basses in the world. My reason for switching was to relieve my tender neck of the stress and strain of lugging around a tree trunk all the time, albeit a beautiful sounding one. I tried many basses and had a wonderful time listening to the guys who came in. Low and behold, our own Gard was my sales counselor, and a couple of other guys in the shop are frequent contributors here. I settled on a black MM Stingray 5 with maple fingerboard (I will not provide the obligatory photo and entitle this post "Got a New Bass"). It isn't much lighter than my Warwick, but it is well balanced. It's also got more under the hood than the Corvette. Anyway, I noticed a phenomenon. One of the guys that came in was playing a Warwick Thumb, and as he played, he'd have to periodically hitch the neck back up into proper position. This is the exact manuever I have been making all these months, trying to deal with the balance problem. Be on the lookout for the hitch. To Gard and the guys at BassCentral, I enjoyed myself even though you were still moving in and the owner was having a bad day (how could he, I bought something!). I will undoubtedly drop in next time I'm even near Orlando.