Hi everyone, I finally got round to hitting the streets of London for some serious bass shopping. I always find trying basses a bit daunting. Obviously, I'm used to my bass (a 4 stringer) so trying other basses (especially 5's) takes some adjustment. Also action, string height, and the quality of the strings affect the playability of the bass and may not present it in the best light. Oh well. I was mainly looking to try Statuses, Warwicks, Stingrays and any other good, quality, solid funk 5 string basses I could get my hands on: I tried a Status 2000. There were some great tones on offer, but I found the string spacing very tight. I was told this was typical of Statuses, so I was quite put off. I tried a few Stingrays and was very impressed. They hadn't been strong contenders before, but I was pleased with the sound and the feel. For kicks I tried Alembics, GBs, Vintage Fenders, but none of these blew me away like I might of expected. Finally, I went to a Warwick dealer. They didn't have any Streamer Stage I or IIs, but they did have a Streamer LX (wide spacing) and a Streamer Jazzman. I couldn't get on with the wide neck of the LX, but I did quite like the Jazzman. I got on with it quite well, considering my limited experience with 5s. The dealer said that these were currently the business and that Stuart Zender himself had brought one from the shop because he couldn't get one directly from Warwick. Could this be B.S.? Anyway, he gave me a price of £1199 ($1872). This may be expensive for you in the US, but in England we're used to high prices. With that in mind, do you think this is a good deal? When I got home I was happy to jam on my US Fender Dlx Jazz. Nothing I seen today said "BUY ME", but I did quite like the Jazzman and the Stingray. On another note, eBay have a mid 90s Warwick Streamer Stage 2 for £700 ($1100), but it's only a 4 string! Plus, I'm wary of buying without trying. I'd appreciate your views on my day out. Could the Warwick be my dream bass once I'd got used to the extra string? Or does it have to be love at first sight?