Well. I hate to say it. I think I'm going to be getting rid of my Bongo, or cut its play time substantially. The more and more I keep playing bass, I'm realizing that I'm a 4-string player at heart. It's funny, because my first bass was a fiver; and I've owned few 4's. So I'm in a bit of a "dilemma" in finding a new bass. I want to get something that works well in the mix with a band, but also something I can do soloing with. I've "narrowed it down" to: Sadowsky or Fodera. I've never played a Sadowsky; but they sound amazing enough for me to "take the plunge." The problem is, I have no way to access one without taking a pretty hefty road trip. Rochester, MN doesn't have a whole lot of options. The only thing that comes to mind is that my brother is graduating from college this year in Rochester, NY and I could maybe head up to NYC for a day or two. Now. Fodera. I've played one, and it's been in my mind ever since. It was at Dave's Guitar Shop in La Crosse, WI. I sat down with it for probably 1 1/2 - 2 hours. It was the first (and last) fodera I played. If I'm not mistaken, there's another Fodera dealer not too far from me (planetbass.com). So I could try a few out. I'd probably be looking more on the used market. Right now I'm playing with our church's worship teams, jamming with my old band (which it's rumored might reunite ), and am doing some freelance solo stuff as well. I'll be going to college next year, and will be involved in a LOT of music stuff there. So I want something that I'll be comfortable with in every possible setting. So far, I'm leaning towards Fodera. Mainly because I'm getting a Fender from a "wealthy benefactor"... or something like that, I'm still not entirely sure. I don't know all of the details (i.e. what model), which is why I'd be a little (but not very) hesitant regarding a Sadowsky. By no means am I limiting myself to these two luthiers, they're simply on the top of my list right now.