Well, I couldn't find a Lakland 5 string or a fretless to demo. But I played a 4-94 Classic, it does appear to have a wide range of tones indeed. I went to another shop that didn't have any Laklands, played a couple of Moduli and Alembics(hated them all) and asked the guy if he was a Lakland dealer. He proceeded to tell me what crap Laklands were, how they are made out of Warmoth parts, and how he has had dinner with Mr. WhatevertheguywhoownsWarmoth'sname is and was taken to the Warmoth factory and shown Lakland bodies and necks hanging up. Of course, they were unfinished and did not have the Lakland name on them yet. He said that he couldn't see spending $2500 for a bass made out of $400 worth of Warmoth parts and $250 worth of Bart electronics(which he blasted too, he swore Lane Poor is still in business but Bartolini has filed Chapter 11 - BTW, this isn't true, is it?). He said that basically a bunch of fools are paying Lakland $1800 to finish the wood and assemble the bass. Is this guy for real, or is this one of those vicious lies like people tell about Sadowsky? He also called me an idiot for owning an SWR amp and buying an Eden amp. He is a tube purist, and said that you can't get traditional, warm tones with hifi amps, that they are strictly for Marcus Miller clones.