Hey everyone, I'm a new member, but a long time player. I just wanted to get a your opinions on differnt brands of basses.What I'm getting at is: which brands do you like and why? I have a 1979 Ibanez Musician (remember the bass Sting used to play in the early 80s)and love it! I bought it in 1981 new, and believe me it's stood the test of time.The neck is still like new, the electronics are good; O.K., I haven't played it to death, but what I'm getting at is when you mention Ibanez to some people, they look at you like,"Why did you buy one of them?" I've also checked out some Yamahas, and was very impressed.I also own a fretless Fender Jazz; it's excellent.I'm mainly talking about basses that sell(not retail)for $1,200.00 or less. I'm not swearing by any one brand, but I may buy another bass soon for the amount specified above, and someone told me I'd be crazy not to buy Musicman or Spector or something similar for that money.Is it that the others aren't U.S. made? Please, post your opinions, I think we'll all learn alot from this exchange of ideas.Thanks alot. Mike J. P.S.Any thoughts on the Epiphone Jack Casady Signature?