I have been doing some research on getting a 5 string and this might be the one. I won't be able to try one though before I buy it....there just aren't any around here. I have played Ibanez basses before and I liked them a lot. Actually, my first bass was an early '90s Ibanez SR 500. Some questions: How is the low B as compared to other 5 strings. I read here that some people thought the SRX 505 low B was weak and floppy. Is the SR version any better? How about the Bartolini setup? I'm into different styles of music, from Children of Bodem to Dave Brubeck, so I want something with a pre-amp that can be versitile. I liked the old Ibanez pre-amps, so Bartolini should be even better, but I am concerned it may be a little to mellow for metal. Like I said, I can't try before I buy. My local Ibanez dealer guy is really cool and would order it for me I'm sure. But, the store has a store credit return policy only, so if I had to return it for some reason I would be out of luck. For this reason, I am thinking of ordering through an online company (AMS, Musicians Friend, etc). I would prefer to go with my dealer, but it would be such a hassel it I had to return it. What do you think? If I did decide to guy with an online dealer, which would you suggest? That's about it. Anything else you think I need to know, please feel free to mention. I really like this bass on paper, and I like Ibanez, so I am hoping to get this thing in the next month or so.