Everytime someone ask about which 5 string to buy or what is the best " inexpensive " bass, I have to smile to myself and look @ what I've stumbled upon. I have two Kawai 5's that are my pride and joy. Both I bought from online auctions. The 1st was advertised( and appeared to be) new/unsold. The second was used yet in mint condition. Anyway, these are the best " inexpensive " basses that I've ever encountered. Inexpensive in that I have less than 600.00 into BOTH instruments. I have no idea what they retail for, where you can buy one or even what their reputation is. All I can say is that for me they rule. I have never had such control over how I sound. Brightness and/or low end. I enjoyed first one so much that I swore, " If I ever see another one I'll buy it." Which I did without hesitation. It seems to be my luck that everytime I find something really desirable, they stop making them. My question, finally is, does any one out there have any experience of these basses, know what they originally sold for or where they can be bought new. I'm asked often about selling mine, no way. Just wondered if any one else has run across the Kawai 5 ?