"Benpaco" All of you bassist may be interested in this - I personally have played one for a bit now, and it is much lighter and more convinient than a bass, while devilering wonderful sound quality - http://www.kalabrand.com/instrumentsU-bass.html
I played one of those and loved it. I still haven't picked one up yet though. I am loyal to my local music store, and tried to have them order on in before I went to the major chain to buy it. Unfortunately, they can not get me one, so I have to go to the major chain to get one. Unless I order one online, and that is always sketchy.
I started playing electric bass July 1965, bought a Fender Mustang Bass September 1966. Played bass at Fillmore Auditorium, Avalon Ballroom, the Matrix and many other gigs. Sold the Mustang in '72. Bought a Fender Performer in the mid-1980's, played it until I sold it and an American Standard Strat to buy a Dakota red American Vintage Fender reissue '62 Jazz Bass in 2001. I still play the Jazz Bass in an instrumental surf band, but also have a Danelectro 6-String Bass, an Hohner acoustic/electric bass, and with uke groups, a Kala fretless solid mahogany U-Bass.
Just took my Jazz Bass to the only tech I allow to adjust my bass (except me). I bought the bass more than ten years ago, changed the strings to flatwounds, did a complete setup, changed the pickguard to black (mint green on Dakota red was not to my taste), changed the strap buttons to black Dunlop straplocks, and have played it unchanged since. My band plays both indoors and a lot of outdoor gigs. The temperature changes have added a great deal of relief to the neck, making the string height unacceptable for fast play. Carol Kaye swears by Thomastik-Infeld flatwounds, stating not only do they last a long time, but their feel is softer with lighter tension. So I'm having Dave Lynch replace the Fender flatwounds with the Thomastik-Infeld, and have him do a complete setsup (without refinishing the frets... I find them needed only for the worst worn out fret... not my bass... yet).
Seven to ten days I must wait... almost as long as the kazoo I ordered... but no mailing wait time!