I haven't had a fretted 5 string in a long time. I have been playing a 2008 LE Music Man Sterling 5 HH for the last 4.5 years. I absolutely love it but want to preserve the fingerboard so workhorse bass is not the plan. All my other basses have been Music Man Sterlings. Should I expand my horizons or stick to tried and true? I have also been open to any 5's that have 1 /34" at the nut and are less then 35" scale. I had a nice Lakland 55-94 which sounded great, but it was just to big for my reach and hand. I am thinking about stepping up to an F bass BN5 but I find myself wondering if it's really worth it. The Lakland was as nice as a BN5 but lost out to a used $650 Music Man Sterling 4. I can find Sterling 5's in great condition for . It's the corvette verses lambo thing for me. Any other 5 strings out there that are more compact?