Well, I don't know how many of you saw this thread in Setup about the new Cirrus I bought http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=179956 From the extremely odd rattling I was getting and inconsistency of the problems, and the fact that it only happens past the 12th fret and the neck was pretty darn straight, I figured it was a fret level problem. So, I took it to the local tech here and without even touching it he tells me to return it because the second he does work on it, he'll void the warranty (which I was aware of). But, he doesn't even attempt to look at it and tell me what he think might be the problem. Instead he procedes to tell me that "You're never going to be happy with any bass" and that I should get out now before I own the bass for good. While that last part is good for practical reasons, I was insulted that he said I would never be happy with any bass. Yes, I've owned quite a lot of them. Like alot of us, tastes change and you want to move on. But a few basses I had, I took to him because they did have their problems. But what business of that is his? And at any rate, this was not was going on here with the Cirrus. I LOVED this bass: the tone, the playabilty (up until where the problems on the neck started), even the 35" scale. He also tried telling me that 35" scales play differently and tried to explain the problems away as something that is inherant in a 35" scale bass (oh please). I told him that with the fact that some frets were fine, and others weren't, this was not the case. He also tells me that the action is too low (funny because he never played it himself, and all the frets except for the culprit frets play just fine even with the super low action. Most of my problems come during tapping, when notes were just dead clicks, and I thought low action was good for tapping? Also, I even raised the action and it didn't change a thing). At any rate, and now that I've got that off my chest, I need help deciding what to do now. I returned the Cirrus and got my money back, but the owner of the store won't order me another one because apparently they weren't even supposed to have the Cirrus to begin with, and I guess it was a fluke chance that he ordered one. Plus, he's selling the store possibly and doesn't want to order many new things. No one else around here could get me a Cirrus, so I don't know where else to get one. Do I dare order through Musicians Friend or should I just move on and find something else? If I do move on, I'm very afraid of getting stuck with another bass that has playability issues, as I can't try alot before I buy around here (think Ibanez, Dean and Fender...all the low end stuff), and basses with bad playability tend to follow me like a rotweiller on a one legged mailman. I'm looking for something that can get me a vintage tone, but a modern one if need be, and is versatile, as was the Cirrus. Budget is around $1500 give a few hundred possibly. Thanks guys.