I'm about to get my groove on with a new 5 string bass. I own a Sound Gear 5 string that I used to play out with in a cover band. Now when I play it, I can't imagine how I got through a set. The B string is so floppy/muddy sounding...it's crazy. I'm looking at the following basses, and would like to hear your opinions : Ibanez BTB1005E 5-String Bass $1269.99 Stingray 5-String Bass $1319.99 ReBop 5 $1049.99 Anything else in this price range I should be checking out? I'm thinking of getting the Ibanez right now, but am not really close to making a final decision. Now my Ibanez SoundGear 5 string. What should I do with it? I remember paying between $600-$800 for it. Do you think it would make a good backup bass? I guess I could deal with a floppy B if it was an emergency? lol I'm going to be ordering the bass through mail order. I do not like the music stores that are local to me, because they are a bunch of dorks.