On an impulse, I went to a local GC and I saw a spotless, new, teal S.U.B. four for $349. I offered my Tribute L-2500 in trade and ended up paying only sales tax. That's pretty good, I thought, for a bass that regularly sells for $60-80 more than my old bass new. I took it home and put on new DR's on and it absolutely nailed the Stingray sound. With the treble up, this bass has enough sizzle to fry an egg! I think this will be a keeper, one of my biggest regrets ever was when I sold a Stingray that I bought around 1986 (just before Flea blew up) for $250, only to sell a month or so later. I know the SUB will never be worth what a Pre-Ernie Ball Stingray was, but at least it's got the sound and feel. After I slapped it a bit, the fact that I no longer have a five really hit me. The only regular playing I ever do is at my church and that B string came in handy playing with piano and electronic keyboards. I still have my USA Peavey Millennium four with a D-tuner, so I do have extended range down to D. In real terms, I'm only missing a few notes, but I'm a bit anxious about my decision. Long term, I plan on getting a higher end five like a Valenti Jazz, should I trade and get a budget five, or wait until I can pick up a boutique level five?