I am shopping for a new bass and I really liked the Pedulla Rapture j2 4string, but it would take 5 months to get one. I spoke with a pro bassplay friend of mine who recommended I check out the Ernie Ball Musicman Sterling. Anybody out there played one of these or have any suggestions? I am a lefty and I really like the companies that offer lefty at no extra charge. I don't think it should cost more to be lefty. I am looking for a bass to take to the stage with good clarity and punch. I play mostly finger style with a little slap and pop. My style is funk/blues. I really appreciate any input you all can give me. PS - my budget is under $1700 US.