And I am a bit bewildered by all of the choices out there. However, most of the basses that I have played have left me somewhat wanting. I currently have a modded DeArmond Pilot 5 Deluxe (I added Bartolini pups and an OBP-1), which I think is crazy good for the money (bought for $295 brand new!). It was my initial exploration into 5-string land, to be sure that I was going to dig it. So far, it's gone pretty well, and I'd like to step up to something better. The DeArmond plays real nice, so something with similar string spacing would be nice (it's roughly equivalent to the spacing on my Gibson 4-string basses), and I generally like a thinner neck (though wider is okay). I have tried a number of higher end basses, and reached some conclusions. While I really like their looks, I just don't like the feel of Smith basses. And I have tried a number of them. It's really a brand that I wanted to like, but so far, none of them have felt "right" to me. Same goes for Brian Moore's basses. Lakland's seem okay, but nothing blows me away. Zon and Warwick basses do feel pretty good in my hands, as do MTD's, but to be honest, even the high end MTD's didn't sound significantly better to me than my modded DeArmond. I'd have to say that the American MTD's are some of my favorites so far, but they don't sound $2,000 better than my Pilot. I have only played through one Sadowsky, and it was a Vintage 4, and not even plugged in. But it rocked my world! Based upon that one brief encounter, I have been heavily leaning towards a Sadowsky 5-string (not sure which model). But Fodera looks good, as do F Bass and Elrick. But, I've never had a chance to play these. Hopefully, I can get up to Low Down Sound sometime soon and see if they have any Sadowsky's or Fodera's in stock yet (they hadn't the last time I was there). Finally, one of my main goals is to find a bass that can sound similar to my beloved Gibson Thunderbird IV (1991). While some of the high end basses I have played don't sound as good as my modded DeArmond, the Thunderbird blows away the Pilot 5 Deluxe (at least to my ears it does). I don't know how much of it is the mahogany body, or the passive humbuckers, or the neck through construction, but if I could find a 5-string that felt good in my hands and sounded as good as my Thunderbird, I'd be in heaven! I realize that this is a wide-open thread, and I guess I am just looking for a few pointers in the right direction. Any bass that I am going to be able to play, I will have to drive to do so, and I'd like to do some homework ahead of time to narrow down where I go to play. Thanks, Tom.