A bit of background info to set the stage for why I'm so excited: The last new bass I bought was in 1989 -- a Steinberger XL-2 -- when I was in college. It largely replaced my Ric 4003 as my main bass, and I absolutely love it. Then I went to grad school, and money got tight (Palo Alto is EXPENSIVE!!! ), and I started teaching in San Jose, and money got tighter. I got married (to a grad student, but at least she was getting her degree in Electrical Engineering, instead of African History ), and we eventually moved to Oregon. Since she makes three times as much as I do, she works, and I stay at home with our daughter, who has serious medical issues. We went a long time being able to afford little more than the necessities. My bass had gathered a little dust while I spent all my time taking care of my daughter. Finally, we got back to having "fun money." My wife got her annual bonus and asked me what I'd like, and of course, I said "A NEW BASS!!!" At first, I wanted to be frugal, and since I'd always admired Stingrays, decided to do some research on OLP basses, which is how I found Talkbass. After doing some background research, I began going out and playing basses, and I felt like a kid in a candy store. It was great to walk in and know I could actually afford a new bass. I played an OLP, and was not terribly impressed, and told my wife -- well, it's not a Stingray. She said: "Then why not get a Stingray?" I told her they were around $1200 or so, and she said: "SO?" Yep, that's my wife!!! Gave me the green light to start looking in the $1-2K range for a 5-string bass!!! (I needed to have some excuse why my Steinie and Ric needed a new companion -- plus, I wanted something new to rekindle the interest). So I began spending a lot more time lurking here starting in December and January, and began spending as much time as possible playing basses in stores -- I was going to make this fun ride LAST a while before I made my decision. After playing many basses, I decided I really wanted the versatility of a Jazz bass, and the best overall playing/sounding bass I'd encountered was a Lakland Bob Glaub P-type bass. (Disclaimer: I never played a Sadowsky, in part because my wife was a little taken aback by the price at first, and I didn't want to play something I couldn't buy; also none were available locally, AFAIK). So after great consideration, I finally ordered a black Lakland Darryl Jones 5-string with a J-retro preamp. It took a while to arrive, as there was confusion in my order, but it came last week. I've posted a review on the second page of this thread; suffice it to say I LOVE the way it feels and sounds, and I like the passive sound so much that I probably have the J-retro off about 50% of the time I'm playing it. While waiting for the Lakland to show up, I continued to haunt music stores, and began GASing for an acoustic bass as well. Because of my daughter's condition, I can't be in a band as she spends lots of time in the hospital, and it's almost impossible to get babysitting for her special needs. As a result, an ABG is a great choice for me for playing while sitting around watching TV and listening to her on the monitor. I played a few models, and was thinking about the Olympia and the Michael Kelly ABGs. THe Michael Kelly Solid AB in particular sounded really good. Then one day I took my wife into a shop and played a Tacoma Thunderchief. I was floored. She was impressed, and I suggested sheepishly that Father's Day was coming up, and I'd had a tough year as a stay-at-home dad with an autistic child. I mentioned that I could really go for a 5-string model, but I didn't think she'd actually spring for it. BUT SHE DID!!!! I love my wife. Anyway, it ended up backordered, and finally arrived today, as a nice consolation prize for a vacation we had to cancel due to another medical emergency courtesy of my daughter (another thread). So I'm pretty excited! Here's the pics: Reviews have now been posted below.