I've been playing for about 7 years and I've decided it's time for an equipment upgrade. I play on a Dean Edge 4 right now and though i like the playability if it, the intonation is off, the stock pickups suck and the wood won't hold the strap screws. I hear everyone rave about different types of basses and I've been looking around. I'm thinking of saving my pennies and going all out for the Ric 4004L. I like the fat lows with a good treble punch (that new string sound). I'm playing through an Ampeg B2R and Ampeg 4x10 cab (which I want to upgrade to a biamp soon too). What are everyone's feelings. Should I drop the cash or look elsewhere?