My baby (4 string Hamer) was in the shop getting an intonation setup done a couple of months ago. I was going to skip my band practice but one of the other bass players that shares the practice room offered to let me borrow his Rickenbacker for the night. The first 10 minutes I was disgusted. The thing weighed (what felt like) 80 pounds. Sounded like a alto sax running through a mic that was looped into an octave pedal, and the action was so low the frets buzzed with evey stroke. To top it all off the guy who had lent it to me told me he purchased it for $900. I'd spent $400 on mine and felt it sounded a zillion times better. At the end of the 3 hour practice I had pulled a complete 180. I liked the weight- it felt really solid and I could feel the bass vibrating in my chest. The tone was interesting and after I had dialed in the EQ on my amp I had managed to find a nice growl (I prefer a deep clean sound but the growl was fantastic). Also- I found the action to be very easy on my hands and the fretbuzz didn't bother me as much after the EQ reset. Now I wouldn't replace my current bass with a Rick- but I have a whole lot of respect for them and I can see why some people really like them. Anyone else have a story about a bass you didn't like at first but grew to enjoy after you put it through the paces?