Ok, I am going to be a lil long winded here. I need a bass that will cut through the band. I use a Schecter Elite 5, and it has served me well, but last night I noticed that I had to turn up more to cut through the bands sound. I like to use the bridge pu and blend the neck pu in for more bass, but I don't get much punch, bass or volume. I need something more aggressive, but don't have a lot of money. I have looked at a Ibanez srx705, but i heard a guy last night with one and it was too bassie the highs rang out when he would slap and pop, but i could not make out any of the other notes. I play with different types of bands from Funk/Rock, R&B, Jazz, and Classic rock. I like the sound of the Music Man Bongo5 but I don't have $1700. Any suggestion?