I have a Carvin fretless 6 that needs to retire. The magnetic pups and all elex are removed. It just has an ABM piezo bridge which sounds awesome thru my Raven Labs PMBII and Mesa WalkAbout BUT - 1) the ABM piezos are quite finicky and unreliable volume and tone-wise and - 2) I now have an Elrick fretted 6 which with the wider neck, string spacing, and longer 35" scale just makes the Carvin feel too small. I believe in muscle memory and I am finding that the more I play the Elrick, the more I have to pay attention to intonation on the 34" Carvin rather than muscle memory hitting it right from the start. So... what about another Elrick? Anybody ever play a fretless Elrick 6 with piezos? Or how about the Surine - Regency is it? Or maybe a Michael Dolan custom? I might consider a Rob Allen but I prefer 2 octave necks. Anybody have any other thoughts? Jack Read? I think Conklins are too heavy. I would like 10 lbs or less. I would like it under $3000 US so Foderas and other 5K and up basses are out. Oh, and what about these European builders that BP reviewed a while back? Manne? And what was that headless one that actually had a condenser mic inside a cavity with spruce top??? The one with the crazy neck extension on the bass side that keeps you from wrapping your thumb around the top? BP's review of the tone of that one impressed me. Might have been too pricey - can't recall. Any comments appreciated. Many thanks for your time and input as I start this quest! Tom H.