Well, I had played a Bongo 4 before and loved it, and finally decided today was the day. I was going to go in and purchase a Bongo 5, and not a Cirrus 5. So I sit down and start playing the Bongo through a 400RB IV. Sounds pretty good, except the low B just feels awful. Boomy, loose, not a dead string but just horrible. So I play with it a little bit, and just absolutely can't like it. The neck profile is akwardly fat, etc... So I chalk it up to being a floor model. You guys all know how GC floor models are. There are 2 Bongo 5s on the floor, an H/H and an H/SC. I grab the H/SC. Same issues. Blah. So I call the sales guy over and tell him I am willing to walk out with a Bongo 5 today, I have the cash in my pocket. Which I do. I ask him if he will pull me one out of stock, put new strings on it so I am assured of no dead strings and if it passes muster I will take it then and there. So he gets me one after consultation with the mananger. Pulls it out of the box before me, looks beautiful. Takes it to be restrung, so I sit down and play a Bongo 4, and it sounds like the voice of god. Sounds and plays far beyond its more than reasonable price. Getting excited to play the 5. The sales guy brings the Bongo back, freshly strung with Slinkies (Not my fav, but whatever). Same issues. Just doesn't play or sound good. That low B on the Bongos is just horrible. I have seen some incredible looking Bongo 5s on here, and I just don't know how you guys do it. I really hope EB brings the 5s up to par, because the 4s are probably the best production bass on the market. Then I notice the that for some wierd reason they have a plethora of Warwicks, Spectors and Pedullas. I fell into these beauties like the Bongo didn't exsist! Brief synopsis-Warwick Streamer II: ONE HELL OF A BASS! Holy god, I had always written these things off for being so ugly, but wow. That is all I could thing. I was coaxing everything out of this baby! If I had 2800 dollars I would have come out of the store with this wonder. Spector-I only had a chance to play a Chzech model with the tonepump and EMGs (Not the HZs) and I wasn't really a fan. Either it was so hot it was overdriving the input and distorting/farting or the battery was dying. Hopefully the battery, because it was beautiful. Pedulla-Was lucky enough to get to play a Thunderbass, and damn that is a fine piece of bass too. The Barts sounded great, got a lot of tone out of them and not as dark as barts usually seem to me. Excellent bass. I am almost thinking of going back for a second run with it. Same impressions go for the Rapture 5 jazz. Excellent, great variety of tones, fit and finish were perfect which is odd for a GC floor model. I really need to give Barts another try, I was liking them a lot. Also impressed with the 400RB IV-That is a quality little head for the cash. I would love to hear Bongo 5 owners thoughts, as I am not ready to give up on them just yet, but playing 3 of them, one of them out of box leaves me pretty cold.