I took a trip to Dave's Guitar Shop in La Crosse, WI today with a friend of mine. He is looking to buy a new acoustic guitar to take to college next fall. As we were looking through their great selection of acoustic guitars, I saw a lonesome Dean 5 string acoustic bass. I picked that bad boy up and played for a while. You know how it goes. A few minutes of messing around and an attractive price tag can drive a man to do crazy things. I've been wanting a five string bass for a while. I had my eye on a certain Ibanez electric bass, but I never felt like putting down $600 for it. Going on with the story, I played the Dean for a while and it started to grow on me. It would satisfy several of my needs. I need a five string, I need a bass I can take to college (along with my electric, of course ), and I need an acoustic. The Dean is priced at $250 with a hardshell case. I'm planning on taking another trip up there on Saturday. We're both going to buy our instruments at that time. One problem I am running into is that I can't find any information about this model online. According to the website inventory, it is a Dean Performer 5 Plus '01. It was easy to pick up and play but hard to put down. It was like one of those eye-opening experiences that makes you fall in love with the low end all over again. Does anyone have any opinion on this bass? Is the price fair or could I talk them down a little bit? I'm a big fan of the store so I don't mind paying a little bit extra. I'm looking forward to some unplugged acoustic sessions with my buddies. This summer is going to be awesome. I can't think of anything better than hanging out around a fire, having a beer or two, and jamming. The experience alone would be worth the price tag.