I was at G****r Center today trying out some 5-string basses. I really wanted to try a Stingray5 but they didn't have one. So, I tried a Stingray 4-string and Spector(I don't know the model, but it was a 5 string in the same price range as a Stingray5). The salesman said here, try this one. It was a neck through 2800 dollar Warwick Thumb. I was all excited to try one at first because of all the rave reviews I hear from Talkbass about them. First of all let me back up a little. The kind of music I play is sort of a cross between groove oriented metal and odd timed prog rock, with a psychedelic/grunge edge to it--think Deftones meets Meshuggah with some Dreamtheater and Soundgarden thrown in. Right now, all I have is an Ibanez SR400 with EMGs in it. I like it, but I want a 5 string with a little more guts to it. I mostly play fingerstyle. So, I loved the Stingray. I think I probably will end up buying the 5 string model eventually. I also liked the Spector a lot. It didn't have the gutsy sound of the Stingray, but it had a huge low end sound to it that I liked, and it had clear, crisp highs, which was probably due to the EMGs. The B string was kinda dead on it though... Anyway, then I tried out the Thumb. I must say that it felt nice, but I was really disappointed in its sound. It was really dark with not much highs to it. I wondered if that was partly because the strings were old. However, I have tried out many other Warwicks and they all seemed to sound really dead. They just don't have the punch I am looking for. Am I crazy for liking a 1200 dollar bass better than a 3000 dollar bass??? Is it possible that those basses really can get punchy high end but that every time I try one the strings are old? It seems to me that it is easy to make any bright sounding bass sound dark by EQing out the highs, but I would be nervous to pay so much for a dark sounding bass and then want it to sound bright later on! Anyway, tell me what you guys think, and Warwick lovers, please don't hate me; I am simply trying to understand what the hype is all about!