Boy, after all the excitement of following the lost Fed-Ex/Sadowsky thread, this seems rather boring. I have 2 questions concerning 5-strings. How proficient a player do you need to be to get one? I've always played keyboards and only recently took up the bass (Fender Geddy) last December. I notice that many TBers play 5, 6, even 7 string so I'm thinking of adding a 5. Should I wait until I'm better on the instrument or since I'm learning anyway, start now. Second, I'm considering either a Tribute L-2500 or a Lakland Skyline 55-01. Any thoughts, opinions, advice, etc. concerning my questions. Thanks.