Real quick , boy has 48th Street gone down the pipes. However, Rudy's Music Stop is a standout. Lots of fine basses: my favorite in that shop was a Pensa bass with alder body, maple top, rosewood board, Fralin pups. I also tried some MTD, Sukop, Lalkland. 48 St Custom Guitars had nice guitars than basses but was no slouch in the low end dept. Manny's was OK too. Today I hit Sadowsky's new store in Brooklyn, got to meet Nino who was gracious enough to bring his beloved 24f 5 and gorgeous quilt on alder pau ferro 'board J bass. Roger Sadowsky was as patient and kind as usual. I stayed in the soundroom and tortured my girlfriend for about an hour (I can see the one liners now): unbelievable line of amps and preamps there. I could have just ed for hours on end. Probably the best sounding basses of my entire trip was a toss up between the two Sadowsky basses Nino brought in. The g.a.s was so ovewhelming it's suffocating.