My wife and I went to see Michael Manring at a local club called Nighttown last night, which is basically just a restaurant with some tables cleared away for the performers to play. We got there early so I was able to sit about six feet away from them the entire night. A solo Stick player named Greg Howard opened, and he was incredible. He really wowed the audience, as most of them had never even seen a Stick before. Michael was even better than I expected and played some very interesting stuff. He played a lot of slap, which I wasn't expecting, and he plays HARD, but the majority was his fretless work that I really love. I never realized how much potential the Zon Hyperbass had until I saw how he used them in several songs; he takes full advantage of all the detuners at the headstock and bridge very regularly. Greg and Michael even played a Stick/bass duet at the end of the show. I got the chance to meet him after the show and he was an incredibly nice guy. Check out both of them if their tour goes to your area-it's a great way to see solo instrumentalists at work.