I have finally talked myself into looking for a new 5 string. My range is a little flexible but I'm trying to keep the price around $1500 or under and get something nice that I can be happy with without any major mods. I can't believe how many choices there are. It's a good time to be a musician as far as quality options in several price ranges. I have narrowed it down a little based on what I am comfortable with and physical limitations. I have little alligator arms and wish I had hands like my fifteen year old daughter (mine are smaller). I had a nice deal lined up on a German Warwick Corvette Standard that was uncomfortable for me to play in the first position even with the 34 scale. I think it was mostly the way it balanced. A couple things that I am fairly set on are a 5 string, I have a Japanese Jazz with a hipshot and it just doesnt work as well for me as a five. String spacing no larger than 17.5mm, I played an MTD and neck just did not fit my hand. I think I will have to keep with a 34 scale because I have to be able to reach the end. I need to try a Dingwall at some point before I make my decision just to mark the Combustion off my list. If the Combustion was comfortable for me I think my search would be over but with a 37 scale B string I bet I wont even be able to reach the tuning keys! I would also like to buy new, I would like all the character marks to be of my own doing and I love that new bass smell! Here is the short list so far in no particular order. SBMM Ray35 Cheapest by far but gets good reviews MM Stingray 5 Only if it feels 1k better than the Ray MM Bongo Budget buster but its so cool G&L Tribute L2500 Carved Top Have never heard one but specs look like it should be considered Ibanez SR1405e Premium - Nordstrand Big Singles, it must sound great right .. This may be the one to beat, I think it will feel closest to my current bass a Cort B5 which is very comfortable for me. I am still putting the fund together but should be set in about 8 weeks with no major setbacks. That gives me some time to try the out sound and feel of hopefully everything on my list and maybe a few things that are not. Please let me know if you see anything that I should try but have not thought of and any thoughts you have of the basses on the list. Thanks all!!!