This is probably not the first posting on this topic. But I’d like to be a bit more specific here. Looking on advice on a decent 5-string under $450, used or new. Plus, would appreciate suggestion on how to best tackle the move from 4 to 5 strings. A bit background: I’m not a complete bass novice, played 4-strings for decades, but never professionally. Wanted to start playing 5-string for a while. Was given a terrible used OLP Stingray knockoff years ago. It was either a terrible axe to begin with or the previous owner just treated it poorly. I was so turned off by it that I had to give it away. Nevertheless I realized that the change from 4 to 5 strings won’t be easy - at least for me. I currently own Matz-customized Jazzmaster; ‘67 Rick 4003; Heartfield DR I mainly play prog-rock, experimental and Jazz (free/improv). I tried out a couple 5-ers (in stores): Dimension; MTD; Stingray MMs; a Fodera; an ESP LTD... the ones I liked were way over my budget. Can’t justify that as someone who just starts to play 5. Can’t spend more than 450. But still, if I spend that much I’d like to have something that doesn’t kill the joy of learning 5-string and it needs to have a good resell value, just in case. Preferences (if possible): - Active MM configuration, or maybe MJ - not a fan of P. - Not too heavy. No neck-dive. - Fast neck. - Piano-like punchy, deep growl, but ideally versatile enough to also dial in other tones. - String-spacing? No idea yet. Any advice, any experience you can share is appreciated. Thank you!