Well, recently I snagged a Bogart fretless 5, and not too long before that my beloved Aretha - the NS Design CR5M EUB. You'd think my GAS would be satiated. But, you'd be wrong! In a surprise development, I became aware of a guy not too far away (Sarasota, FL, about 2 hrs away) who was quite fond of Bogart basses, and in particular the fretless ones. It turns out that he had in his possession a Zon Sonus Special 5 Fretless, which while was originally made in '95, now had a brand new neck on it. Somehow, and this is totally beyond my comprehension, UPS managed to practically break the headstock off the Zon....WHILE IT WAS IN A HARDSHELL CASE! (the pictures he showed me almost made me ill). He sent it back to Joe Z, and UPS shelled out for a brand new neck, phenowood fingerboard with bubinga lines to match the body top. While it was there, he had Joe Z remove the POS Wilkinson bridge and replace it with the far superior Zon bridge. Basically, this is a brand new bass! As killer as the bass is (and trust me, it IS killer ), it just wasn't for him, and we made a deal, straight up trade. (I won't tell you what I had in the Bogart, it will just make you sick ...mebbe Brad Johnson's luck is rubbing off on me!!!) Looks incredible, the bubinga top is fabulous, and it sounds and plays even better. Took it to a rehearsal last night, and after the guys all laughed at me for having yet ANOTHER new bass, they all jaw dropped when they heard it. No more burying the bassist now !!! The drummer in particular loves it, as he can now hear everything I do (I still haven't figured out how he considers that to be a good thing, but to each their own heh). While cutting through the band (and it's a LOT of cutting: LOUD guitar, keys, timbales, congas, and drums, in addition to a lead vocalist and even a 4 man horn section on selected tunes), it remains a warm sounding bass. I've got some gigs coming up over the next 3 days, and am looking forward to giving it a thorough workout. Oh yeah, in keeping with tradition, she's already got a name: Tina (as in Turner). A bit more rock & roll and aggressive than Aretha, but nonetheless a marvelous performer. Hey, anyone in San Francisco aside from jazzbo (who's sadly gonna be out of town this weekend)?? I'm playing at the Black & White Ball with Tito Puente Jr Saturday night, hoping to get someone to gimme an objective opinion on the tone of this thing from out front! I'm hoping to have pictures of the whole family online by next week sometime, so watch this space for developments!