Thanks for having me aboard. I have visited this site before, but never registered. I don't like the term former bass player, but at age 70, that's what it comes down to. Years of playing gave me carpal tunnel syndrome with atrophy of right thumb muscles and numbness in right index and middle fingers. Left wrist is painful, too. I had to sell my 1965 p-bass and Epiphone EB0. I am having surgery on the right hand this week, so maybe I can play again. I can buy any bass my heart desires price wise. Probably will go back to Fender, but I can afford a Rick. Don't know about the latter as I have heard great things about them and lousy ones, too. Enough rambling. Peace, and, yes,that's my real name.