Directly in response to Joe Nerve's thread on why he prefers new basses, here's why I prefer old: 1. It's already broken in - can't beat the feel of a broken in, well played instrument 2. Buying used forces me to try new brands, specs, or styles that I would not have wanted to take the risk ordering new (big perk!). 2A. Used prices often allow me to own super high end basses I wouldn't have been able to afford new (Smith, Fodera, MTD, Sadowsky, etc) 3. The wood, and materials are already "settled in" 4. If I choose to resale, I lose little or nothing, and often make money. (Not important, but it is to some) 5. With the vast selection of used gear, and the Internet, finding what I want when I want it is rarely a problem. 6. By looking at wear patterns - it is possible to determine how often an instrument was played, and in what style it was played. I gain clues as to the instrument's history as well as what type of player played it and how much it was loved. (Well broken in studio players bass vs punk rocker vs vintage "Case Queen", etc) 7. Totally subjective - but there's mojo in some of these! For me #1, #2, and #3 are why most of my collection was purchased used. Especially #2!