I finally settled with a US deluxe Fender P 5 string. I must admit, I think Fender as a company suck, but this bass rules. I played it and immediately knew why people always go on about 'the fender P sound' - the b string is nice, the neck is NICE and the tone is exactly what i am looking for. Oh and it looks the business too, sunburst with off-white pickguard and the the most beautiful rose wood board you've ever seen! Here's the basses that missed out: G&L L2500 - was a bit plasticy and sounded, for want a of a better word, cheap! Strange cos I expected so much from this bass. Stingray 5 - awesome, sounded as good as my stingray 4, but... Warwick corvette 5 - sounded and played like a dream, but the look wasn't me (flamed maple and gold-coloured hardware) and the electronics were shot - really loud hum when the treble was boosted - like a TV after the programmes have ended! I also tried out a 5 string Alembic - wow, the neck was like concrete - an amazing instrument. Took her to practice on sunday - oh dear!