Years ago, I remember Marcus Miller saying he was so used to his bass that even when he played a "better" bass, he missed his main bass' flaws. The above is a paraphrase of something he said in a Musician magazine article around 1981. My point is that after close to a year with my TL-5, I know how he feels. This bass is the best bass I have ever owned. It has a wide body and similar neck size to my old Ken Smith, but tonally, it sounds like a nice active Jazz Bass like a few of the old Fender Jazz Deluxes I have owned in the past. It's one flaw is a hissy preamp when the treble is turned up, but that is very easy to work around. My point is that there is nothing wrong with looking for the perfect bass, but sometimes learning to live with a good instrument that may have a flaw or two can be very rewarding.