As the title implies, I am heaven since acquiring my new Roscoe Beck V from jza57. So far it's seen two gigs with two different bands and three rehearsals between the two. Maybe it isn't for everyone, but it's definitely the bass for me. For many years I've been a MMan fan, and while I still enjoy that tone at times I felt like I was missing something with my SR5. I took a chance with the RB5 without ever having played one before, and boy am I glad I did! Reviews of the Beck seem to be mixed due to the weight, and the wideness of the neck (which I agree is a tad heavy, but nothing a nice strap can't relieve). Now, I don't have particularly large hands (I'm 5'10" - 170lbs., and have slender fingers) but have found the bass to require me to keep proper technique. Proper hand technique has proven to be the key with the neck on this beast, and I've been able to pull off some pretty nice grooves so far. My only real complaint so far is that there is no string tree for the E string. I've seen that this is an issue for other cats too, but it hasn't been that big a deal so far (even though I'm likely going to be putting another tree on it soon). The tones out of this thing are exactly what I've been looking for. If you are looking for a diverse 5 with a combination of vintage and modern vibe, this could be the one for you too. Once I raised the B a tad, I found it to be nice and tight with a sound quality that is uniform with the other strings. Anyway, I just wanted to share my excitement. Hopefully someone who is searching for these in the forum search tools someday will happen upon this thread and be encouraged to go after one too. In my opinion you cannot go wrong. BTW, is there a Roscoe Beck club?