Since threads like this are boring without pics, here's a stock photo until I can borrow a camara; The one I chose was a Godin passive 4-string in the same finish as the active 5 pictured above. I liked it's sound and prefered it's feel to the other basses I tried. G&L taking a close second and EBMM third. It was a close call between the 4 and 5 string versions as I really liked both, but they didn't have a 5 a finish I liked, so that basically decided it. Anyway, it's a friend of mine who owns the shop, so he's holding it for a day or two to go over it and fine tune the setup for me. I can't wait.... P.S. - I start lessons on Monday.