Been playing a couple years now, though never enough practice. I have an old, cheap Ibanez that's been a good learner but I'm ready for a better instrument. I'm about to start a job where I'll be traveling a good bit of the time and would love to spend that hotel time practicing. I just can't decide what the best bass option is. My first thought was an Ashbory. I love the idea of it, but I don't see myself being much of a fretless guy and I worry I wouldn't stick with it. I've played a friend's EB0 and really liked the short scale size. Would a regular short scale bass be small enough to travel with easily? One of those Ministar Basstar could be an option. Attaching the rods for the body seems pretty kludgy though. But, what do you want, that's the price you pay I think. If it weren't for the traveling thing, I think I'd be shooting for a Stingray or a J, for what it's worth. Any other advice?