Well, I was recently doing bass research for my next axe, and I had a few choices(in an older thread somewhere in Basses), and I now have those choices narrowed down to three, and all it is now is a matter of decision. This bass will be the second one I buy, and I am set on a 5-string, with a maximum pricerange of £500. Here we are: Dean Edge Q5 Ibanez BTB405QM Spector NS2000/5 Holoflash I know a lot of you will jump for the Spector, but there is one problem: It's around £600. This means I would have to trade my old 4-string Tanglewood in, but with it being my first bass I am loathe to do it. Please note that I have only played the 4-string versions of these basses(the BTB wasn't even a 405, a 515), so I am unsure of B string tightness. I mainly play Metal/Rock, which is why the EMG's of the Spector and Dean interested me. The BTB is touted by many as the best Ibanez bass today, better than Ergodynes and cheaper to boot. It also has the Monorail bridge, locking jack and 3-band EQ. The Dean and Spector have 2 band EQ. I like the Dean for it's looks, neck shape and overall tone. I am looking at the Q models for the active circuitry. The Spector is the most expensive of the three, so I was wondering whether the NS2000/Q5 should be contemplated, after all, it does come in the same finish. Also, would you recommend the REX2000/5 over the good old NS2000/5? So, bearing in mind my requirements, tell me what you think I should buy.