Well, the Swami's assistant Bernardo was out for the day and most of BP's good basses were loaded into the Swami's truck in anticipation of the Saratoga guitar show this weekend, but I got to play a couple of very nice basses. Unfortunately, the Ken Smiths I wanted to try out (I'm thinking about a used BSR J or Burner once I get the cash) were loaded in the van, as was the G&L L5500 I wanted to try, but I managed to get some good time in on some other interesting axes. Highlights: -Mike Lull Vintage 5 (35" scale, 21 frets): not terribly interesting J-style fiver. Decent low B, fairly wide tonal range, but nothing special. -M Basses 5: beautifully built, but felt like a toy. My hands are too big for it and I couldn't pull a pleasing tone out of it. Granted, I was playing through a very honky-sounding Carvin 1x15 combo, but I just couldn't get anything I liked out of it. -Warwick Fortress R&B: not my style. I don't really like Warwick 4-string necks, either--they're like broom handles. The 5-string ones are great, though. -Ibanez Musician (single-coil pickups): magnificent. Tons of tonal variety, all of them useful. A manly neck as well. -Spector NS5CRFM: magnificently built, but hadn't been set up so I couldn't make any judgements. Pretty nice tone; I'm not sure about the neck. I've heard people say these things have huge necks, which means y'all are getting really pansy these days. -And THE SLEEPER: Fender Jazz Deluxe 5 (MIM), candy apple red with rosewood board. Even with dead-ass strings, this was my favorite bass there. Glorious thump and grind, and a bootylicious B. I may just grab one of these, although the American Deluxe ones with a maple board are pretty tempting. The neck is just a thing of beauty--fat, wide, and hand-filling. -Special mention goes to the horribly refinished Kay 5-string DB. It's gotten the DB jones going for me again.