I picked up a Corvette Standard 5 yesterday for a good price at GC. The fret ends need a little work, but it sounds really great. The only thing I found was that it's heavy so today I went to another GC to try out a $$ 5 string. The bass played much better than the standard in that the action was much lower with no buzz, the fret ends were perfect and the bass was lighter. It would cost me an additional $200 for the bass, but I think it'll be worth it. What I really liked was the passive/active system, where I can go passive if the pre dies, but there are still so many tonal colors with the coil taps on each humbucker. The color is Nirvana black, which is also pretty cool. So, is it a good deal to upgrade? I already put the bass on hold, but guess I could just use the down on something else - please let me know.