Decided to take a chance on an XQ-25A from MusicYo after my bum experience with a Synapse 5 string: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=195477&highlight=synapse WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!! This sounds and plays like my old XL2! The neck seems very similar - maybe thinner and easier to play. The sound is pure XL2...some say it's warmer but I don't remember enough to compare. The sound and feel, along with the excellent balance would be enough to make me happy. But there's more. The bass is beautifully done, arrived from MusicYo's stock (they have most basses in stock now, and in lots of colors) and is quality all the way. As opposed to the Synapse, this bass has the details right - the batteries are high quality, the pots and knobs are vastly better, even the case is a Canadian made TKL hard case. I hardly have to do any adjustments. Now here's the kicker - the parts on this bass have to cost a LOT more - this is the epoxy/carbon fibre neck, there are twin high-quality EMG's, an 18v HAZ preamp and a much better piece of wood than on the Synapse. So how is this bass only $300 more and made in the US? If the Synapse sells for $1200 and is Korean, with shoddy craftsmanship in comparison to this US XQ - the XQ should sell for around $4000. No kidding. Thinking Steinberger? Get 'em while they're hot!