Yesterday was a new bass day for me! I sold all my gear and went looking for a new one that suited my needs. I posted a thread here that said I was doubting between the new MIA fender, Lakland Darryl jones and the Sandberg California JJ. My first choice was the darryl jones. I played the MIA first. I was very impressed! Very good quality in general. Not a thing to remark on that bass (all the ones I tried). The Sandberg. Same here. Very well built. Played like nothing. Very deep sounding. And yesterday I went to a store the sold Lakland (there aren't that many in Belgium). First I played a 4401. It was the first lakie I've ever played after hearing so many good things here on TB. I must say I fell from heaven. Maybe it was that particular bass. But it dissapointed me. The neck felt thin, the frets had sharp edges and the sound was not bad, but not my cup of tea. I know this is entry level model, but still... Then I played a JO and it was good, but not it didn't do it for me. If I wanted a straight jazz, I would have preferred the MIA jazz. Then I played the DJ 5. It was amazing. Played like a dream. Sounded so thick yet articulate. I was glad that after the 4401 the other lakies were as good as I heard here. But they didn't have a DJ4. Luckely in their other store they had one. So I went there and that one was just as amazing as the 5er. It played so smooth and sounded thunderous, yet never boomy. Ver balanced an articulate when playing chords or in the upper register. And thats a thing that more traditional jazzes lack sometimes IMO. So I bought the damn thing and I couldn't be more happy. It was little over my budget, but even my girlfriend was happy when she saw how happy I was with the bass. It was love at first sight. I believe it's a model from 07 with the aero pickups in them. The serial is 07043990. Can anybody tell me if this is correct? Not that it matters that much. It sound amazing anyway! Now to make this thread legit! Some pics of my baby! I hope you enjoy them! I know I do. It isn't the lightest bass I've played. It weighs about 9.3 lbs. But according to the lakland site it's about average (range from 8.5-11). I will post some clips in a few days!