Somewhere in this rant is an honest question - honestly. Well, okay, several. I'm in the market for a new bass. I've only owned one bass, a Gibson Ripper, in the last 30+ years. I have no problem with it, but I can't help but think there is a bass out there that is better. I live in a small town. The music stores nearby have limited selections. I can go to GC or Sam Ash in Indianapolis - selection galore - but half the basses are hanging up so high you have to ask a salesman (if you can find one) to get them down. Then you get to try it out while the store's radio is nearly full blast and some 13 year old kid in the next aisle has his volume on 10 while he tries to play Smoke On The Water. Are there alternatives to this scenario in Indianapolis or Chicago, or, say, South Bend or Fort Wayne Indiana? Any tips on how I can optimize my shopping experience - maybe break in after store hours for some solitude? Rant #2: it's so hard to evaluate a bass in a store - different amp, surroundings, etc. I'd like to at least establish some kind of baseline w/r to necks to find out what string spacing, radius, etc. feels best to me. Are there stores that will let you maybe take a used bass home overnight to play? Maybe the best approach is to buy used - if you don't like it turn around and sell it. Thanks for reading this far. Lots of questions, I know.