Dang, dang and dang! I'm torn between basses here. No, it's nothing as simple as having two fairly identical basses and picking one - you see, there's the 5-string of my dreams, Warwick Thumb BO, at my reach. I've played Thumbs, and I know it's one of the best basses for me around. Truly a sweet rock machine. In couple of weeks, I have enough funds to get me one of them new and even few bucks extra. But then there are couple of issues - for example that darn John Paul Jones and his doubled five and six that sound soooo nice on his solo albums! I love that tone, but then again, it's HIS sound and getting me one of the Dean Rhapsody 8's, a guitar amp and a Tech21 BDDI would run close what Thumb would cost, and still would not guarantee me good double-string tone, or even that I would like playing the darn thing. An 8-string seems bit much for most of the typical bands, but then again it would probably suit my present 3-piece rock band. And if I were to start a nice punkish rock'n'roll band, I could make it with one good guitarist.. Then again, if I would get the Thumb now, I could get the Dean after three more months or so.. I'm just trying to put my thoughts on paper a bit here. You are free to share your thoughts though.