Hi all - I've spent the last few days reading through the FAQs and forums - some very informed people here with strong opinions! There's obviously a lot of experience and knowledge around here, so I'm hoping I'll get a better idea of what I should do here... Anyway... on to my dilemia. I'm kinda new to bass playing - been playing for about 2 years, and I'm starting to get fed up with the limitation of my current bass. I have very large hands - one of the reasons for me taking up the bass was that I couldn't get my fingers on a guitar string without touching an adjacent one, not to mention the fact that I've always tuned into basslines in all the music I listen to and I just love the use of funky bass in songs. I'm mainly inspired by RHCP, RATM, Incubus and Victor Wooten and want to really get into slap bass. I can slap a little on my current set up (4 string Westfield P-Bass with 20W Peavey Amp), but I just don't seem to get the sound I want out of it - the G and D strings are hardly audible even at full gain. I've been trying some new basses this weekend - picked up a Fender Jazz Bass, an Ibanez (possibly an SR model) and a Yamaha (an Active / Passive BB model). Now, the Fender was the first I tried, and it felt sooooooo nice... didn't like the Ibanez at all, although the action was set far too low and I was getting a lot of fret noise so I didn't really give it the time of day. I loved the different tones I could get out of the Yamaha, but it didn't feel as near as nice as the Fender to hold and play... the Yamaha looked the sexiest of them all Tried slapping on both the Yamaha and Fender, they both sounded great - although I would have to say the Fender felt nicer to slap / play all round. The Yamaha's active features made the sound a little crisper and louder, but for the time being I'm not really after gain until I start gigging. I know it sounds like I've already made my mind up... but I was wondering what you all thought of Fenders / Yamahas (or any other make!) for slapping / popping. I really wanted to go for a Modulus Quantum 4 - but my price limit is around £500 (I think that comes out at about $800 - $1000?). I can actually afford the Quantum, but I don't want to until I'm much better at bass! Anyway, any comments would be great - wanting to buy / order a new bass in the next week or so.