Rickenbacker 4001 (1974, black) - my first own bass from Denmark street, £400 in 1986
Washburn Status copy (natural, later modded heavily) - my second instrument, worked well, 30 - 90, twang bass
Cort P copy, modded to a 5 - one of my first trials
Höfner short scale (60's) - repaired from wreck
Kramer Ferrington (burst) - it was owned by some star! but the sound...
Modulus Graphite Quantum 5 custom (1991, cocacola, bartolini) - was new and had an incredible sound, (costed an arm and a leg, and an acoustic piano then), I played it a lot but that 17 mm spacing, sold it few years ago
Ibanez GSR (black) - some very cheap model and felt like one
Ibanez Affirma (natural blond, fretted 4) - had been in a shop for ages, got a good offer
Ibanez Ashula (white, modded to 5) - strange test, strange instrument, rebuilt it and sold
Ibanez SR506 (modded to 5) - this was another wide neck trial, rebuilt it and sold
Vigier Passion II (1988, burgundy) - found this one from the original owner from France, my first lesson in French!
Vigier Passion II (1989, honeyburst) - she likes travelling, but comes back
Modulus Graphite Genesis 5 (1999, black, bartolini) - my main bass, the neck!
local luthier made fretless 4 (natural) - unlined 36" beauty, superlight (under 7 lbs!), birch + walnut + blackwood
J parts, fretless Status J neck (sunburst) - neck's too thin, J is not for me
J parts, Status MM neck (sunburst) - the P width is better for me and this is a rock unit with a single EMG double coil and vol
fretless 5, MusicMan neck (natural) - pau ferro feels and looks good, but 17 mm spacing
Guild Ashbory (red) - I bought this when it was new in markets and played few songs in gigs, but no way
at least 12 heavily modded P-ish parts basses - I think I am into something... the latest trial is still at home
MISA TriBass - novation BassStation - I try to manage this combo
Clevinger 5 eub - incredibly good, had it since new and was expensive
Plywood double bass - this was a wreck, and I put it together, played a few years, but I had no space
total 32 + some more instruments
Quite many have been tests: do I like this detail or that? There are lots of manufacturers or luthiers that could build my dream instrument with ease: long scale 5 with 19 mm string spacing, one humbucker, lightweight, dark color scheme... Thinking about the money, well, it took quite many years I did not rely on my personal feel. I should have been more picky with the choices I made.
All those trials with friends' basses and those played in shops have driven me towards my specs. Not only instruments, but also strings and amps.
Some European instruments I would like to play every now and then are a 4-string fretless Wal, Overwater, Spalt, Status, Auerswald, Schack, Ritter etc. Shops are few and basses hidden, but they do exist.
It has been a long road, but it will continue. Happy to travel it along with you, my dear colleagues!