My 30th Birthday is coming up on March 19th and I've always had the dream of a birth year bass. What better time to do it than as a gift to myself on my 30th birthday. My budget would likely be around $500 (though I would extend that a little for the right bass). I've already got Peavey USA Mades on the radar as well as MIJ Fenders. MusicMan is probably out of my budget though is a brand I wanted to add to the collection. 5 string and active would be a plus as I also would like to fill those gaps in my collection as well. I put out some feelers on the local South Jersey Craigslist. So far no bites but it's only been up a few days. Ebay had some Peavey DynaBass and the other usual suspects in my budget but several of them looked risky as the pictures showed high action on most and I won't get to play them first. Any other ideas or routes you think I should go? Any help is greatly appreciated.