I have taken the last three months to decide on my new five string. I have also needed two trips to the U.S. since high end basses are somewhat scarce in Canada.The audition list has been a who's who of the high end bass world. I have seriously auditioned(multiple times in some cases) Ken Smith, Sadowsky, MTD, Zon, Modulus, Lakland,and F Bass. Part of my journey included NAMM a few weeks ago so the list is actually longer. Of couse, I have used the archives here extensively (big help too, by the way). And there was no price sensitivity . I was prepared to buy the bass I fell in love with...period. I tried very hard to fall in love with MTD, Sadowsky and F Bass. As wonderful as they are none were "the one". Smith, Zon and Lakland were not in the game very long.(Great basses all, but they too didn't "call" me.). I tried Modulus early in the game but didn't care for the Genesis and the first three Q5's I tried were with the phenolic fingerboard and/or EMG's ( deal breaker in either case) Then I found a Q5 with a chechen top, chechen fingerboard, Barts with the B/M/T active controls and voila.....it was a baseball glove revelation. Let me explain. Remember, when you were a kid and you went to buy a new baseball glove and the rack had fifty of the same Rawlings model and you tried every one. And then...you slide "the one" on your hand and it's...well, perfect. Well, I got the same rush when I played and heard this particular Q5. I slept on it and went back the next day and bought it. I won't bore you with the review. Suffice to say all the Q5 fans here are right on the money. And hey, as for the other contenders, they were all a nice step up for me but it was "this" Modulus that grabbed me. Can't wait 'til Saturday's gig.