Hey everybody, been a while since I've been around here. Hope everything is going well. I was hoping you all could throw some opinions out on good basses for around $800 new. I'd rather not mess with used unless I happen upon some amazing deal (like a used MM Stingray 5). Some info on what I'm looking for: 1. Good quality B string. This is one of the most important factors. My current and previous 5 strings (Alvarez 5, MIM Jazz) have/had lack luster B strings 2. I play rock music, and I play real aggressivley. I'd say that my band's sound is similar to Audioslave/Rage. And while I don't do a ton of slap/pop, I would say that I enjoy Flea's tone. I never really learned how to describe tones (like warm, punchy, etc), so I'll leave it at that. 3. I need something that I can test drive at a music store. I'm sure there are all kinds of excellent quality obscure brands available over the net, but I absolutely NEED to be able to pick up and play something before I'll even consider purchasing it. However, I live in Orange County, CA (near LA), so I can probably find just about anything that is sold in a store. I guess being able to find pretty much anything I want is the tradeoff for the horrible housing prices. 3a. I am willing to test run a bass at a store, then buy it online if pricing is better online. So long as I read reviews stating that the sound and feel is pretty consistant from bass to bass (for example, I wouldn't do that for a mim fender). I did do some research before deciding to post here, and the Schecter Studio 5 looks promising. I didn't find too many threads here discussing exactly what I'm looking for, but then I may not be searching under the right terms. Thanks for any help!