Hi! First of, I know that the thread title implies that I want to compare apples to oranges or start a production vs handmade flamewar. But I'm actually looking for a 5-string Jazz Bass and I'm not really sure what to do. The factors are as follows: 1) I'm in Europe and Lakland Skylines are readily avaible here. US models are harder to get and Alleva-Coppolos are a real PITA to get. There's also no real used market for any of them. 2) If you look at my profile, you'll see that I own both "boutique" basses (Fodera, Nordstrand) and production basses (Musicman) and a "boutique production" bass (Suhr). Even with a Fodera in my stable, the Musicman has been getting a lot of "money gigs". In fact, the Suhr and Musicman are my main players. I don't really care about a bass' origins, as long as it's well made, reliable and sounds and plays great. I do notice factors such as neck stability, weight and balance - I play a lot, so healthy ergonomics are important. 3) I think I would feel a little bit better about not bringing a $4000 bass into some smoky dive bar. There's more things, but I don't want this to get too long... So my question is: Do you think I could get happy with a Lakland Skyline Joe Osborne? I think I would replace the Lakland PUs with Fralins.