Hey all....long time lurker here. I dont post much, but I thought I needed to get some opinions from you guys. I've been searching for a nice 5 string bass that I can love the sound and feel of. I have been through many basses, and still have not found one I am totally satisfied with. In the last year or so, I have owned two different Lakland's, four Ken Smith's (two soap bar models, two J-models) and a Mike Lull MV5. I DIG the sound of the Ken Smith's. Just the sound I'm looking for.....the only problem I have with these basses is that my arms are short enough to make playing if first position nearly impossible.....a four hour gig where I have to stand up is murder on my left arm (I have good technique, and my strap is adjusted accordingly! On the other hand, I DIG the feel and payablitity of the Lakland's and my Mike Lull. These basses hang and balance pefectly, though, and are quite comfortable for me to play. Unfortunately, the sound I'm looking for just isnt there. SO.....should I just suck it up and buy another Ken Smith, even though I'll only really be comfortable playing it sitting down (something that's not always possible on the gigs I do), or just live with a sound I dont like and be comfy (ala Lull)? Any other brands or suggestions are highly encouraged! Thanks, and sorry for the long post!