I've been in the market for a 5-string bass for what seems like months now. I've visited all the music stores in my area either by phone or in person, and almost none of them have what I'm looking for. I'm getting impatient and I just want my new bass already. There are always great looking basses here at talkbass and on eBay that interest me, but I'm understandably wary of spending $1000-$1200 on a bass without actually trying it out in person. My question is to those of you who have dropped a sizable amount of dough on a bass sight unseen. There's a wealth of information on almost every bass at harmony-central and bgra (not to mention that '97 5-string shootout article in Bass Player mag), but how did all those user reviews compare to your own experience once you finally received the instrument? And in your opinion, which basses can you just NOT go wrong with? (I think it was Wooten who once said you can't go wrong with a Fender J, and that he always brings his for backup). Anyway, FYI the 5-stringers I'm interested that fit my budget are any Pedullas, Roscoes, Mike Lulls, Stingrays, Modulus Genesis, Matt Pulcinella and Fender Am. Deluxe JV. Are there any in that list I should avoid? What others should I consider?