You may or may not know, but I bought a '95 Stingray from Smash, and it arrived on Tuesday. I played it tonight for the first time at a gig. This afternoon, I bought a set of strings for a 5 & put the BEAD strings on the bass. Had to make a few small modifications but it worked out just fine. i played the first set with my RB5 and it sounded good, solid, normal. I plugged in the 'Ray for the 2nd and 3rd sets and was just knocked out by the difference. I like the RB5 a lot, its been my main gigging bass for 5 or 6 years, but the difference in tone was truly significant. My rig finally sounds like I thought it was supposed to when I bought it. On the guitar I cut the mids ever so slightly and boosted the bass. High end was rolled off, as I got a good amount of fret noise at detente position or higher. I'm very pleased, lots of growl, cuts through really well. This is going to be my working bass for a while, I have to get used to the feel of a BEAD four. The band sounded better, tighter and we had a good night for groovin', lots of fun. so I say that the Stingray acquisition was just what the doctor ordered!!! Thanks Smash, it performs as advertised!