Met my wife at GC last wednesday just to "try out" a few basses. It was immediately obvious that she was xmas shopping for me but she's smart enough to know that I have to play it to know what I want. I had my eyes on a Conklin GT-7 for awhile so I asked for it off the wall. ***?!?! It didn't feel at all like I remembered, now the neck seemed too big and it was quite a feat getting up to the low B. I solemnly gave it back to the sales guy. Oh well, I wouldn't know what to do with all those strings anyway, I have enough trouble with 4. So I tried out some 4's and a few 5's. Warwick, Ibenez, Fender, Musicman, and some others I can't remember. Nothing came close to the sound of the Fender MIA Jazz. It didn't feel the best but it was close, and it certainly felt better than the used $30 Samick I've been playing for over a year. Hmmmm...... 0% financing for 13 months. My wife then informed me that she had planned to buy me a new bass for xmas (she's subtle) but we might as well take it home now. "Yea, we might as well." I calmly reply. Yea right! I was ecstatic. I love this bass, it was easily the best sounding thing I played, and not even close to the most expensive. (That always seems odd to me!) I've never had a really high quality instrument before (played guitar for 10 years too) so I am really happy with this bass. NOW I finally understand what so many have been talking about concerning Fender Jazzes. What a difference! Just had to tell somebody and I figure other bass players would be the only ones that would care.