I was reading this thread and it struck me.... $40 for a nice used Yamaha RBX170?? That's just nuts! Look at this thing - I know it's nothing special, but man, the equivalent of $40 in today's money is $13 in 1979!! 13 bucks!! You couldn't buy the worst bass in the world for $13 in 1979. And this Yamaha is better than everything available under $200 new in the 70's and 80's. What's crazy is that $40 for this bass is not unusual at all. You can get all kinds of deals on used basses on CL right around this price range. It's impossible not to be able to afford a decent instrument today.