Per a previous thread I'm considering purchasing a DeArmond Pilot Plus 5 string. I have it down to this one and the Yamaha BBN5S and the Spector N2000/Q5, all are in the $450-550 range. On paper the DeArmond looks a class ahead with 35" scale, 5 piece neck-through, active EQ etc. Anyone have any experience with this bass, know where it's made or have an opinion of the others? Also if you have a recommndation in this price range, let me know. Thanks.