Here's the story; I've been playign bass for a little under a year. Granted, that doesn't sound like very long, but I've practiced pretty much every hour of my spare time. A fellow bassist (of three years) acknowledges that I'm "better" (His band agrees) in every aspect (Except for slapping; haven't really studied it at all). I currently have a Peavey Milestone 2, and it works fair enough, but I'm beggining to feel the need for something.. better ? For a long time I've wanted a MM Sterling, but I realized I'm just not ready for that kind of investment. Then I started looking around at some of the medium-priced bass guitars, and the Jack Casady Signature caught my eye straight away. It seems to be a good bass (based off of online reviews), so I'm wondering, would this be a good "next" bass ? Side question; how hard was the transition (or would you imagine) from 4 string to 5 ? I can see the advantages of a 5 string, but it seems like it would throw off my "chord structure" (Misuse of terminology?). Thanks.