Somebody's gotta get this ball rollin, may as well be me..... As much as I want a Bongo and don't use my Warwick, I can't seem to let go of it. Had a buyer here on Talkbass and I backed out as soon as he said he'd take it. Why? I've gotten rid of lots of other gear. I'll tell you why.... they simply don't make em like they used to. I believe the value of Warwicks pre-1998 are going to begin to skyrocket once people start realizing the differences. I'm not sure of the details of what happened after this year, but I know the basses and the marketing of them changed dramatically. If anyone knows the changes that took place please post them. Here are some of the BIG, more evident changes I know of. -When I bought mine (1997) you could still only purchase Warwicks in stores that carried boutique basses. They were not available in any of the chain stores, and were still quite rare actually. I believe more time and care went into the creation of each bass, and a lot more of the work was done by hand. -The necks then were made entirely of wenge and were thinner than the newer models. Didn't feel like the baseball bats people complain of nowadays. The neck is rock solid. I think I've had to adjust the truss rod 3 times since 1997. -The just a nut was made of solid brass and quite simple to work with. The pole pieces simply screw up or down to adjust the height. I'm pretty sure the brass also adds to the sound. -The selection of woods seemed more carefully chosen. The grain in my corvette is stunning. It looks like a work of art. -The straplocks are recessed which gives a smooth, polished, more expensive look to the bass IMO. -My bass just feels and sounds completely different than any of the ones I play in stores now. When I bought my Warwick I was completely obsessed with Warwick, and needed more. I started playing them in stores a year or so later, and wondered what was up? They just seemed to start losing their magic. -This is a totally personal thing, but I feel like my Warwick has spirit for some reason. It feels like a one of a kind. As much as I love my MM Sterling and it's my main bass, it would be easier for me to sell that as I feel it could be replaced in a heartbeat. I'm positive the Warwick could never be replaced. I even had a Corvette for a month before I got the present one and exchanged it because I noticed the wood was cracked. The current one feels (and looks) like a completely different instrument. Both great, but different - the spirit thing. Your thoughts?