Did you get the flat wounds? I have been playing fretless for over twenty years. The flat wounds are where it's at! James Jamerson used to sware by "Oldest strings have the best tone." Flat wounds for sure! Pastorius said is best when asked why he played a fretless, he said, "Because it's easier man! You don't have to worry about fret noise." It made me go fretless and flatwounds are the only way to get the perfect tone! Bon Chance!
I hope you have discovered the best intimate moment with a bird is with you in the shower. He's pissed and swearing appropriately because he needs a real bath like you give yourself. Try it! You will bond with your bird in the shower. They love getting clean!!