I finally realized that in order to get a 55-94 to sound like a Stingray, you have to boost all the eq controls. Once I did that, I was able to really get a full flavor of the Lakland. More than ever, I am leaning towards scrapping together the bucks needed for a boutique level bass like a Lakland, Lull P, or Sadowsky Metro. Although I'm no great talent, I have owned boutique basses in the past, and I do miss that level of quality. Iam curious, however, about how five string Bongos stack up to Laklands. Is the sound close at all? Let me know.