After 15 years and about 20 basses I've finally discovered what I really want in a bass. I have owned some great basses through the years, but I would always end up trading/selling them for something else. After the dust settles I am always left with my '72 Jazz, SB-2, and Sterling. The one thing these have in common is they are all 4 string, have superb playability and they are all about 8lbs. The feel of the instrument (neck profile, action, body weight, playability) turns out is the most important characteristic of a bass for me. I used to think it was tone and versatility that I craved, but I have owned many basses with great tone and ended up selling them all. I was in Atlanta recently and played a few high-end basses (Fodera, F Bass, and Pedulla) at a bass only shop. I had expected to be blown away by these instruments that cost as much as a used car (one was $6000!), but I was left unimpressed. I am curious to hear what some other of you experienced bass players look for in a bass. Not to belittle any younger guys out there I just think it takes a few years to know this answer for yourself. It did for me.