Hey all, I'm new here and I was wondering if I could get some opinions from ya. I'm lookin for some opinions on basses that I'm considering purchasing. I've done lots of research on this here internet thing and have spent the last 2 days searching these forums. The bass I currently own is an early-mid 90's Ibanez SR500 that I recently put EMG's into with an EMG BTS preamp. I'm happy with the sound of the bass, but the plability is less than desirable and I am ready to move on to a 5 string. I use steel strings on a maple bass with very active electronics, so having an 'unforgiving' bass or a bass with lots of highs (and lows) is basically exactly what I'm looking for. My idea of ideal tone is a bright MTD 535 american running through Eden gear. Zons are pretty nice too. I play fingerstyle and tap mainly, with a little slap on the side. Basses I'm considering: MTD Saratoga Pedulla Rapture Spector USA bolt-on used Zon Sonus I'm not married to the EMG tone even though I'm very happy with it. I'd like to try Barts in my next bass with perhaps an Aguilar onboard pre. I need a bass with 2 pups, but j/j or p/j doesn't really matter. I don't have much experience with soapbars. Which bass do you feel would be better for my situation? Are there any other basses in the $1k-$2k range that you would recommend? The reason I ask is that I'm not able to play the Saratoga or a Zon here in the middle of missouri (or a lot of basses in fact; the selection around here is horrible). Zons appear every once in a while, but they're rare to see one sitting at the local guitar center. I love the feel of the Pedulla (especially the neck, it was wonderful) but the price is almost too high and I thought it was going to sound a little better than it did. The Saratoga seems perfect on paper, and I'm going to look into getting one with piezos installed, but again, I've never heard or played one.