I recently decided to join the forum because it seemed like a great place to get some advice on basses. I sold my conklin GT-7 as its just too annoying to slap (14mm string spacing), I didnt use all 7 strings enough, and I prefer a wider string spacing. I really want to go back to 5 strings. I have been trying out basses and I am really digging the MM style bass humbucker tone. I have a few models I'm thinking of going for but I wanted to get some more feedback on it. I also know getting used can be an option but its not as easy in canada because of high taxes etc. My price range is around 650$ and I play grunge, rock, metal and some funk/slap. Sterling Ray35- I just can't afford the real deal so I was looking at this as an option because I've heard the quality is quite good for the price. LTD Surveyor 415- Haven't had much experience with them but it looks like it would work well for what I want. Schecter Raiden elite5- Again not as much hands on experience as I want but if the HZ emg's it comes with are up to snuff then it might be the bass for me. I've read the reviews and I just need some other bassists takes on this to make a decision. Thanks for your time in advance.