At first I was thinking about a 6 string bass, but I thought about it more, and a 5 is much more practical for me at this time. That said, I think I've narrowed down the search to these two basses. Obviously, I'm trying to decide which is best for me. I know that the best way to choose is to play both, and I have at seperate times, but I've never AB'ed them. I'm looking for any advice from others who have either owned/AB'ed these two basses. My info: The only place I play out is with my church, along with a traditional choir, grand piano, and acoustic guitar, playing traditional Catholic hymns. Basically, all I need for that gig is mellow, deep-yet-clear tone with enough range to handle all those darn piano pieces written in Eb. When I'm at home, however, I am always playing with my JamMan looper, so I need a bass that is extremely versatile in order to diversify the loops. Which of these two basses is most versatile? I know that the Bongo has the 4band EQ which can do just about anything, but the Lakland has the Barts which might fit in better with the church situation. Also, only the Lakland has the ability to go active/passive which is a big plus for me, in case the battery craps out in the middle of Mass. Also, being able to play in passive is just one more tonal option. I'm wondering if the Bongo might be too aggresive, or the Lakland too "smooth." Smooth is fine for Church, and aggresive is fine for home, but I need a bass that can do both. Right now I'm dead stuck in the middle between these two. Both are great basses and each has their fan club, but for the life of me I can't decide.