O.K. I have come to the final concusion for me that is: the most comfortable scale is 34''. 5 strings are the perfect amount with the same spacing as my Music Man Stinger. I have bought and tried many others that were more money and less money but I always feel at home on my ray. I want to know what other basses out there have the same scale and spacing as my ray that are available in a 5 string lefty model that would offer a wider tone range than my ray. Take my G&L 2500 I just got it. Love the tone and looks but I can't dig the wide spacing at the bridge and nut. Anyone have some good info on what next to get? I just don't need another expensive mistake.