I popped into my local pawn shop yesterday to look at their bass offerings. I don't usually go into that place, the guys act really shady and I suspect they fence stolen goods despite the city's rule about shops being required to catalogue all their stock. Anyway, they have a Musicman Stingray for $1000 and an older single pickup Peavey for $300. This is Canadian dollars which today are worth 76% of a US dollar. The Musicman looks near new so I suspect it is of recent manufacture. I don't need another bass, I just got a new Fender jazz bass. But if you had the money, what would you do?