Hi all, Recently had to move and sold *all* my gear. I'm now piecing things back together and started off with a Geddy Lee Jazz, an overall versatile bass that has a tone I really like (mainly that upper mid growl). Perfect for casual gigging. I'm still jonesing for a high-end 5 stringer for studio/session work I'll be doing in late '09. Most 5s sound like wet farts to me, and after quite a bit of reading I've narrowed it down to these luthiers -- Dingwall -- fanned frets/multi-scale sounds like they handle the B really well, gorgeous basses, Dingwall's very active/personal with players. I'm not a huge fan of active pups, particularly Barts (they sound great, don't get me wrong, but they're 'dark' to my ears), but Ding's FD1/3 (or whatever they're called) sound good on paper. Long waiting list. Pedulla -- Can't stand the look of the MVP, but the Thunderbass/bolt are beautiful. Barts again, but otoh the few snips I've heard recorded sound really, really nice. Sounds like Pedulla has a reasonable turnaround time. Roscoe -- Beautiful basses. MP3 snips I've heard sound promising. MTD -- same as Roscoe. Probably backordered until first man lands on Mars. F-basses are beautiful but many of the clips I've heard sound great but just don't do it for me, seems like there's a lack of mids/overall edge (emasculated may be too strong, but...) Probably great for popping which isn't my thing. Lakland/Sadowsky too Jazz-ish for me. I've played Zons and liked them, just not $5000 like them. So many seem close, but there's usually one deal-breaker that isn't quite right. The thing that's tough (obviously) is judging these basses on compressed MP3s. Players grab these things for demo clips and go for the Jaco thing ("listen to this Jazzy burp!") or Wooten groove ("listen to this crazy slap!"). The sound clips aren't always in a band setting, plus you never know if it's a flat EQ, what gear they're using etc. Not a lot to judge a bass on, not to mention the feel of the neck and playability. How the heck am I gonna gather $25,000 worth of basses and give them a side-by-side spin? The good news is that it's gonna take so long to save up the $ that I'll hopefully get to bump into a few of these basses (and maybe others I hadn't considered) and a chance to hear and play one in person. Anyone have experience with multiples of the basses above? I know each of them have their fans and are all great basses, but it would be cool to hear if anyone played some of these extensively with a chance to do some A/B comparisons. Thanks!