Im going to Orlando this weekend (really need a break) and Im going to go and try out some basses. The thought of spending some real money on a mail order instrument sounds risky. I love my Ashdown ABM Combo, but I'm outgrowing the Yamaha BBG5S. Im naturally going to try to play some more Yamaha's, but i dont want to get stuck on the brand name. I figure Ill have around 500-800 to use for a bass after I write my thesis (in about a month or so). I like to slap, and I like fingerstyle. Low action is a must. Im not entirely sure if weight is a concern - the BBG5S feels fine to me. In fact, the BBG5s is good (spacing - etc.), im just noticing the imperfections more now. I wouldnt mind a flatter fret board, though. One more- I like to string the 5 string with a high B instead of a low b. If that is not recommended for some reason, Ill just get a 6.