The pic is an online example of my new toy I need a change in musical direction... or an addition at least... so I've started down the road of a long held/desired ambition of mine, which is to play bass properly. This desire took hold back in the days I gave funk and fusion a red hot go... I couldn't help notice how the bass players I played and jammed with seemed to always be having the most fun! Anyway, I picked up a much loved and excellently cared for Ibanez SR505 5 string bass... for a price I couldn't really pass up! The price alone for the instrument was keen... but the slightly used warwick hardcase in the deal aswell made it a very very good buy. (I love top muso uni students who need money!) :grin: Anyway, I've already overplayed the bugger and my left hand is hurting... so I gotta give it a rest, but at least the frett buzzing has cut by half in the few days I've had her. Yay! So, if you've clicked in, then you either know something about basses or are a muso, so please cast your views on Ibanez and/or any hard won beginner tips you'd care to share here. Lessons are in the pipeline with a respected bass playing muso mate of mine (he's a funky little groover), however any other Melbourne recommendations will be gladly considered. I also should have it properly looked at by a tech - any recommendations in that area would be appreciated too. :grin: Thanks for looking. Cheers p.s. I have a crappy Cemar brand "school band" bass (that STILL has the original 1986 strings installed ) somewhere in the garage that has now utterly given up any hope of ever being played by me again... It's free to a good home or it's going to be donated to a local high school with a music program... or it's going to one day get used in the classic guitar smashing rock pose... whichever comes first.