Well I needed a 5 string as my 6er's are just to much bare these days and I really dont use that darn high C string that much! So, Ive been looking at some used MM SR5's and G&L L2500's, but nothing was a bargin and the one's I was coming across just didnt seem to do it for me. Then I started to look into the skyline stuff and settled on a brand new 55-01 with soap bars for $750 out the door! What a steal, this bass feels every bit as good as the MM and G&L basses I was checking out and even balanced better, which is a big deal to me lately for those long 3 set nights and effortless movement up and down the neck. This bass is sick! My only issue, which Ive read hear as well, is the pre-amp in these things. I have a cheapy SR496 that I put emg pups and BQS system in and was thinking of maybe pulling the BQS preamp out and putting it my 55-01, will it really make that big of a difference? dont want to do it unless I get an overwhelming "doit" from you guys. I wont know how this bass sounds until we practice in a week or so, but I usually like to keep everything flat on the bass except for rolling off the highs and using my amp eq more. Thanks for any info, by one (so far) happy camper!