well a huge hit to the bass market today, i saw you can finally get those budget stingrays at musicians friend. I really really do not like this. I saved all summer to get my stingray. I'm a real punker, i saved for THE bass. Now i know at my next show sum kids gonna come up to me and say, "yea i have bass just like that", when he/she is talking about the budget one. I guess my major problem about this can root to about 7 years ago when i started taking lessons. I was trying all the basses and such and i saw the stingray on the wall. It was sooo expensive but it was the coolest one. I finally got enough courage up to ask if i could play it. From that minute i knew i needed to have one. Finally 7 years later i have enough money to get one. Being a stingray owner is like a special club, and that club just got opened up to the general public. This disturbs and angers me i guess. Well thats enough venting, I'll just be happy with my stingray and stop complaining, hopefully people will be able to tell the major difference when i play, cuz theres nothing like that stingray tone.