Hey bass dudes, I'm in the market for my first 5 string, which I'd like to play with flats or pressurewounds strung E-C. I recently came across a factory-second Brubaker Brute MJX for $350 (seems reasonable). What's the scoop on these basses? I've done a little research and people seem to like them; I see them compared to Laklands (which I've never tried, but which I hear are very expensive high quality basses). I find myself somewhat skeptical, however, because they're made in China; for those of you who have owned or tried these basses, does the quality suffer at all because of this? How are the pickups, electronics, and neck? Would the pups work well with flats? How is the tone? Is it conducive to mellow sounds, or does it have an exclusively bright, modern sound? I'm going for a mellow tone that can cut through the mix, get some edge and growl when I dig in, but that can be brightened up when I need it. I don't plan on doing much slapping. The bass I originally wanted was a 5-string Peavey Dyna Bass (I love my USA Foundation!), but I snoozed and there don't seem to be any on the market right now. In your opinion, should I go for the Brubaker or wait for a Dyna Bass? How do they compare? Other basses I'm looking at include: Westone Pantera 5-string Peavey Dyna Bass Peavey Axcelerator Ibanez Roadstar Rb885 Ibanez SR-505 Ibanez Ergodyne EDA-900 If you have insight or info on any of these basses and/or how they compare to each other, I'd appreciate it! Thanks guys!