I own a Dingwall Combustion (5 string) but have a feeling that it's not quite designed for me because I'm deliberately downgrading it's more 'modern' tone aspects to suit the more organic/woody/warm/thump I want. Feels like I'm deliberately limiting the Combustion's technical abilities, like putting offroad tyres on a sports car. Low action + small frets + long sustain + hi-fi tones + active EQ are perhaps best suited to fast technical playing rather than my less skilled, laidback 'hold the low end thump' style, obviously it can do that too but it seems perhaps not the right fit for me as I'm looking forward to the strings getting older, it's usually on Passive, and run it through pedals to get closer to the tone I want rather than getting the tone directly from the Bass (I'm even thinking of using a bridge mute). Whereas I used to have a 4 string passive Fender Jazz and found I could get the tones I wanted directly from the Bass by blending a neck-heavy pickup setting and dialling down the tone. I'm after a 70s passive Jazz Bass tone (playing stuff like Reggae, Funk, Blues) 5 string (probably 35"+) with wide string spacing, ability to blend between pickups, and for a cost equivalent of trading the Combustion. I generally hear that Fender aren't necessarily the best for 5 strings so I've got my eyes on a Lakland 55-02. Has anyone here got experience with them compared to a Combustion (or Jazz) or any other options you'd recommend? Trying one out for myself is the only real answer but I'm trying to narrow down the field seeing as I can't try out Basses in shops at the moment but I'm impatient with practice time on my hands.