I'm in the market pretty soon for a new bass. My budget is around $2000 CDN. I like to play some metal, but also some more mellow acoustic or jazz style stuff. My style is pretty evenly split between fingerstyle and slap playing, though I do need to learn some more slap riffs. I currently play a 4 string Vantage bass, which sounds surprisingly good for what it is. I am looking at 5 stringers for my new bass. Anyway, some basses I've been looking at are the Warwick Thumb Bolt On, a couple of the Carvin models (LB 70 Claro Walnut, or XB75), and the Cort A5. I've always had a thing for the Warwick, but I've been careful not to get tunnel vision in my research. If I could get some advice on what each of the above basses are like and maybe others to look at as well, it would definitely help me make a smart investment. Thanks for any advice on this topic.