Went to my local music store this evening, with determination in my heart. Ready to buy. Not precisely sure what I'll buy, but it is GO time. No more researching and considering and listening to demos and planning and hunting, I'm'a buy a doggone bass. After several years, several intermediary basses, and a few paradigm shifts, I've concluded that what I really want is a 5-string Precision, but since the only current production option is a $1600 MIA Fender, well... I guess maybe I can do 4-strings for now. All I know for sure is I don't have any use for Jazz tones, and the Dean Edge Pro that catches my eye every time I go in has the same pickups as my old Schecter, and that didn't have any tones for me either. So I can rule those out. That's enough info to go in and not end up with something I'll regret, I figure. After two hours in that shop, guess what, I didn't care for the P bass at all, the Jazz basses all sounded amazing, and the Dean has the most gorgeous tones I've ever hoped for. Soooooo heck. "Everything you know is wrong" basically. Meanwhile, I was also shocked that the Dean was the first bass I've ever grabbed and thought, "Oh dang, that neck!" I've never understood the fascination with neck shapes and 'playability' because they all feel the same to me, except this one it turns out. Felt amazing. Sounds amazing. Looks great. Right at the price point I was planning to spend. It's even got the monorail bridge I love so much. I have to figure then that it's the perfect option, except I went in today specifically not meaning to buy it, and to buy a very different P bass instead. Then everything I thought I believed turned out dead wrong, which seems like the wrong time to make a long term commitment. And who the heck is Dean anyway? So buying the perfect option is a terrible idea? Yeesh... By this time my head is spinning and the store is closing, so I head out in order to spend the night with moooore demo videos and indecision before going back to the dragon's den tomorrow. I'm just tired of waiting and planning, I've been aching to buy a brand new, quality, desirable bass and shut down all my endless research and play and play and play and actually get good at this stuff, so I'd made a soft commitment to buy a bass this week, and the week is nearly over, so I don't wanna put it off any more, but I don't wanna make a bad decision, but I know there's almost no such thing as a bad bass nowadays so it hardly matters, but it really does because this is the bass I'll play for years to come that my kids will grow up seeing their dad with so I can't choose a lame one, but I'm tired of indecision and just wanna buy something, and for heck's sake why is this so hard. There's the story. Typed it out to try to organize my thoughts, and thought I'd drop it here on Talkbass to see if anybody had anything helpful to say.