Still looking for a 5-string that will meet all of my requirements. Still don't have the money to buy it quite yet but I should very soon...depending on which one I choose. On the bottom end of the price spectrum there's the ESP LTD B-155DX, which is going for about $379 new. For a little more I can get a Peavey Cirrus 5. I've only played the 4-string version, so I don't know how much I'll like it, I really liked the 4-string version. My only concern is the width of the neck. For a little more still I can get a new Ibanez ATK premium 5-string. The most expensive one I'm considering is a Carvin PB5. The things I'm looking for in a 5 string are: Neck Width - 45mm or narrower width at the nut. Any wider than this really isn't very comfortable for me. Most 5 string basses appear to have 1.80" or wider neck, and that's more difficult for me to play on. The actual thickness (front to back) is less important to me, if the width is right the neck can be fairly thick or thin and it won't make that big of a difference to me. Sound - the cheaper basses are a compromise in this area. What I really want tonally is something close to a Precision or Jazz bass. I may be able to get something in the ball park with the Ibanez or ESP by adding some Nordstrand big splits, but I'm not positive on that. The 4-string Cirrus I played had a nice tone, so I imagine I'll like the 5er as well. The Carvin is very much in line with what I want tonally. And actually, while it's a little different from all the rest, I really like the tone of the ATK. Aesthetics - this does matter to me a little bit. I like the look of most of these basses well enough, the ESP is my favorite looking of the bunch, the rest of them are still decent looking though. Price - this is a big factor because I honestly can't afford to buy any of them right now (that is, if I want to be able to pay rent this month!). However, a few of them I could afford in just a month or so of saving up, the others I'd have to save up a bit more.