So, I know this stuff as it pertains to studio gear, guitars, guitar amps etc... I know it with wine. There are points where that extra few bucks goes a LONG way, and points where it's buying you that last 2%. I'm in need of a good bass for rock music primarily... Mostly for when we bring bassists in to record or write... A little for me. I think I've narrowed it down to that F bass and all of the others that are like it... But in narrowing things down, just like looking for a great strat type of guitar, I've still got 14 trillion options. So on bass, after $300 getting you out of the most basic beginner instruments, and before $4000 buying you the most custom perfected P or J style bass... Where are my value points? This make sense at all? Hope I'm explaining myself well. I'm trying to figure out if the difference between $5-700 and $1000-1200 are as big as the difference between 300 and 500 or whatever... I am feverish and rambling. Yay first post. Thanks for reading. Appreciate anyone having taken the time to get this far.