Ok, so after reading/responding to threads here I wanted to check out one of the new Ibanez RD500's and refresh my memory on Bongos and SR5's. I even played a few Warwicks. First, the RD500. Awesome little bass for the money. MM + J config. GREAT tone, IMHO. I just wish they'd make a 905!!!! FYI, the 505 is the "deluxe" with the coil tap for the MM pickp. The 900 is the 5 string version. I may get one of the 900's to be my new frat gig bass. VERY fun to play, and great tone with a very simple config. I love that. Warwicks. Dead strings, terrible setup, then that baseball bat thick neck. While the strings/setup can be changed, and i do like the tone of PROPERLY cared for Warwick, I'll just never own one 'cause of that darn neck. Bongos. Nice basses, but still, just not my tone. A little too thick in the mids and not quite enough "depth". I know this really helps cut thru in a live mix, but I just need a little more hi-fi. Other than that, I think they're very high quality instruments, and if their tone is yer thing, get one. Period. I do totally love the refreshing and unique looks. The downside: The action was literally like a 1/2" off the fingerboard 'cause the neck so badly need a twist of the trussrod!! BIG scoop in the neck. UNREAL! They'll NEVER sell that 1300 bass with it set up that way!!! idiots... *sigh*. The other thing is, the spacing sure felt really narrow. I can do the 17mm 5 string spacing, (which is "standard"), but these just felt skinnier than that. Don't know if they really are. Like the Warwicks, I really wanted like these well enough to plan to add one to my family, but it just ain't gonna' happen. It'd be put away all the time. SR5's. I like these better than the Bongos, but still not really my thing. Between my Lakland 55-02 and all of the above, it's the Lakie all the way without ever lookin' back, IMHO. Someone asked about comparing a Lakland xx-02 and a MM. A responder said no comparison in tone. I'd have to disagree in a qualified way. While the 55-02 does sound different, it definitely is not like night and day when soloing the MM pickup on the xx-02 IMHO. There's definitely a SR tone there... just not as predominant as a real SR, but IMHO, that's perfect. Anyway, hope this is interesting to some... FYI/IMHO.