I am starting to get back into 5 string again and I'm feeling like getting a boutique (a slight upgrade from my Brice, though the Brice works exceptionally well). Once I made the jump (with my Rick Turner Electroline 4), I realized how much I like custom basses. The easy thing about getting a Rick Turner is that he lives in Santa Cruz and it was quite easy to try the bass before I bought. I'm very picky about my necks and want to make sure I find the perfect bass. Sadly, I won't be able to make Bassquake in San Jose Is there anyone in this area who has a Nordstrand, Fodera, or similar type boutique bass they would let me try? If you haven't tried a Rick Turner I could bring mine along for you to play with (along with a 6 pack for your hospitality). I'm also interested to meet any TBers in this area (I haven't heard much about a south bay get together).