I'd really, really like a decent 5-string. Unfortunately, I'm a lefty, and my budget's rather tight. After browsing through this forum for a while, I've come to the conclusion that an MTD Kingston 5 (the do make 5-string lefties, right?) would probably be the way to go. I really dig its looks and its simplicity. Also, I haven't heard a single bad thing about MTDs so far, whereas every 'potential new bass purchase' I've looked at until now appeared to have some flaws when it came to electronics or hardware. For the "If you think you like a particular bass, go to your favourite guitar store and try it first" crew: I wish I could, but reality tells me I can't. Where I live, guitar stores seldom have decent (by decent I mean "non-beginner basses") lefty basses in stock, let alone five-string lefties. The guitar store I regularly go to sells a white Japan J bass, which is more or less the store shelf warmer. Unfortunately, it's not exactly what I want/need. I bought my first bass (An Epiphone P bass copy with PJ pickups, all-black, without a pickguard, kind of like an Accu bass, but I forgot what it was called exactly) because I saw it in a catalogue and I thought it looked cool. Too bad it was a POS with a rubber neck and a plywood body. I guess it was alright sound-wise, but the electronics simply weren't loud enough for me to compete with the other instruments, particularly when I was forced to plug directly into the PA. I bought my next bass, an Ibanez ATK 300, based on reviews. Definitely a better purchase. Gotta love the electronics and the punchy, bright, versatile tone. Unfortunately, I simply hate the way it looks (that oversized bridge thing, yuk!) and the overly fat neck annoys me sometimes. Okay, here we go again: do you think I can solve my bass dilemma by getting a lefty Kingston 5 and outfitting it with active electronics? Could you recommend me any preamps that are decent (a 3 band EQ would be nice) and easy to install? As for the music that I play: my new band uses Kornish guitar riffs, but I'm always game for some funk, some reggae, blues, a jazzy tune or two and the occasional samba jam, and the ATK was/is just right for that.