Warning: Rondo and Ibanez questions. And before anyone tells me to refer to the search, I've done it. As well as reading roughly 140 pages of the rondo "megathread". ok, disclaimer out of the way. Here's the situation- I'm new to the bass (been playing guitar for years). I picked up a used mexijazz std (the kind that doesn't require anti-biotics) and have been having SOOOO much fun on the thing. However, i'm already feeling really limited on the 4 strings and narrow jazz neck. I'm a poor grad student, so the budget is the number one concern here. I can afford to wait a couple of months if necessary to find "the deal". Anyway- I've narrowed (i think?) the search down to two major options. Buy a used ibanez (most likely the SR506) or a new (or used, if i can find it from a reputable person, maybe on this board) Rondo 6er (Brice). I've got small hands, but i'm not scared by wide necks or a 35" scale. I figure if i can make the switch from a 24 3/4" gibson scale to a 34" fender jazz scale in three days, another inch on that won't kill me. Also, I'm used to les paul baseball bat necks, and my hands cramp on the tiny TINY jazz neck. So i could use some advice- which do i look for? A used SR506 at a great price? A new HXB406? think i'd have any luck finding someone to let go of their Neck through prestige Z? A lot of the information i read about the HXB's were on the original 34" scale ones (therefore, i'd say there's less issues with a floppy B). Additionally, I know that rondo's line tends to improve yearly, so I'm not surprised to find the poorest reviews came from 03 and early 04. I think the neckthrough "prestige Z" is out of my range now. Unless I could find one of those used (though have had no luck). However, I've found almost NO information on the Bolt on Brice Z bass. This model seems to be an alder bodied bolt on version of the neckthru (seems to be the same pickups/electronics/hardware) . It's certainly not going to "Break the bank" compared to the HXB406. But i'm not sure if it's much "better". And, on a petty note, I like the look of the HXB Bubinga and the new SR506 in the mahogany- not so thrilled with the Z's... but frankly- i can get over cosmetics REALLy easily (especially if i land a great deal). People complain about the electronics on all of these, so that doesn't seem to be too much of an issue to me. (damned if you do, damned if you don't- electronics on cheap imports are, well, cheap and imported). I really don't want to spend more than 350 (that's even pushing it, but I could do iit... I could probably swing 400 as well if i absolutely had to- but that'd need to include shipping and maybe a case?). What's a guy to do? I suppose this *could* be a "poll" type post. but I don't care about the numbers. I'm really looking for a discussion (based on what I've said, and other things I haven't thought about- you supply that!) Yes, this post has many many words- I'm looking for you guys to give me a really good sounding board for these thoughts and lots of feedback. Thanks in advance!!!