I've been resisting looking too hard at these, since there's absolutely no way in hell I can afford one if I fall for it. But, tonight on the way home I stopped at a new location of a local store, and there it was hanging on the wall. A brand new, red quilt Parker Fly five. I ignored it for as long as I could, then finally asked to see it. Impressions: It was very light and well balanced, was finished impeccably (as befits a $2049 bass), and had a very flat fretboard. The neck is also very thin. Fast, very fast. I don't play fives, so I was a bit lost - but I think I like it. I'd have to play it more to really know, but I felt more at home on it than I have with other fives. If they ever come out with a single humbucker model, I'm screwed.