I'm looking to get my first 5 string soon (some of the songs my band covers/are going to cover are in DADG, some in CGCF, and some in BEADG (which is mainly why I need a 5-string ) My price range is about $600 max right now. I've looked at the: MTD Kingston 5 - about $500 Ibanez BTB405 - about $600 Spector NS/2000 Q5 - about $600 I might consider putting a preamp in the Kingston, and maybe a Basslines Musicman Pickup in it too. I'd probably upgrade the Spector's EMG HZ's to EMG DC40's as well. I'm not really sure about the Ibanez, I only know that the Soundgear electronics suck, haven't hear anything bad about BTB's at all. Which of these do you recommend? Any other suggestions? Keep in mind that I play hard rock, punk, and a little bit of metal.