I can't help it. I feel like Pookie from New Jack City. Them Laklands keep CALLING me!!! I think the reason is that they're the best 5-strings I've ever played -- that neck and that B-string are the BOMB. I just bought my third Lakland and as always, there's a story behind it ... I recently bought an MTD Zephyr. I liked the fact that was an MTD and it had the unusual finish. I figured, "Hey -- it's got that dual soapbar vibe and a little burl-bling happening. It ought to be straight!" Humpf. I realize that everyone has their own taste but I couldn't warm up to the tone of that bass to save my life. I can't put my finger on what it was but it just wasn't happening for me. I changed the strings (twice), changed the setup. To no avail -- it wasn't floating my boat. (Dr. Cheese told me, "Man, your MTD is like a fine woman who can't cook. You love looking at her but you know you can't marry her! He was on point with that!) I decided to buy an Audere 4-band preamp to install into the bass. I was like -- "Hey, If I can't get the tones I like with this, it's not doable!" I ordered the Audere but when it got here, I had two thoughts: "If you significantly modify this MTD and still don't like it, you will reduce the resale value to a point where you will lose money." "You are searching for the thick Dual-Soapbar tone in a wide-spaced 5-string bass. Waitaminute -- somebody already makes that bass, fool. It's called a Lakland 55-01!!! So I sold the MTD and broke down and went 55-01 shopping. But I had one final dilemma: "What to do with this 4-band Audere preamp I bought?" Well, long story short, Saturday morning, I bought a Black/Rosewood 55-01. Saturday afternoon, I took it (and the Audere) to my bass tech and told him to work his magic. I expect that by Wednesday, I should have the bass back. I cannot WAIT to hear what it sounds like!!!