As part of the thread on price "comfort," the subject line was used when discussing why expensive instruments perhaps aren't worth the cost. The idea being that emotion and other "irrational" factors come into play when considering what instrument to buy, and that since a bass is just a bunch of wood and metal, it just comes down to math. And so, a poll. I personally believe that there are other factors that go into choosing an instrument that don't have absolute metrics, and that while technically an inanimate object, a musical instrument is about more than just cold, hard specifications. But maybe I'm in the vast minority. I do however like to quote Shakespeare: "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."