After playing a number of basses and justifing to the family that I really need a new bass, I finally deciided on a new Lakland 44-02 Deluxe, Cherry with a Maple neck. This color combo is in their catalog, it's on their website and I've seen a few on the web. It's a beautiful bass - But when I went to my local Lakland dealer and he tried to order me one. Lakland told him the earliest I would see it is NOVEMBER! It seems everyone wants a 5 string now so they're not ordering many 4s. I'm very disiponted to say the least. So, now I'm trying to decide what to get instead of a Lakland since they don't seem to have their production act together on these models. Any suggestions on similiar basses in the price range? Thanks.