Hey folks! I want to read some opinions regarding when do you think that you got a very fine gear but anyway you'll keep trading or buying additional basses? What I think is that you can take a $200 bass as a starter, then get a $400 and it's likely to be an improvement in matter of (one or many from the following attributes) sound, comfort, stability, flexibility, tone, sustain, precision crafted, etc. (Let's call them functional attributes to keep in track of what I'm saying). Please note that I'm taking away the beauty or "wow factor". I'm keeping in mind that some of the functional attributes that I mentioned could be subjectives and perceived different depending on who's analyzing/feeling the instrument but I think I made my point. From there we could be replacing our $400 bass for a $700 one and then the last one for a $1,200 and go on... But before going to the luxury thousands of buks basses I would ask (from my genuine ignorance) are there any specs on those luxury basses that could not be achievable for a (let's say) $1,200 bass if you swap preamp, pickups and hardware easy to swap? Of course I'm not talking about the look, the finish, the exotic wood... Unless you can tell that those improve the functional attributes that I mentioned. I think that depending on what do you play, how deep in technique you are and even how picky you are, you'll have a threshold and from there, a more expensive bass is more like trying to have a more beautiful, unique, breathtaking instrument but hardly getting better functional attributes. Am I right? wrong? nuts? If you agree in some of this, please feel free to add to your feedback the model of bass that you think that will get you to the threshold where you consider that the functional attributes (playing, sound, etc) won't get any better (or significantly better) and I'm assuming that for some people it means a bass with factory settings and for some other people it means a certain model with certain upgrades. Thanks!