This is from the Victor Bailey web site forum. Both good & sad news at the same time. I asked about the VB5-if it was gonna happen and inquired about his health, as rumors were flying around about it. As far as the bass goes, if it's as cool as the 4, then sign me up!! My VB4 is the only thing keeping me from a Sadowsky 4. "Yes it's true,the VB5 string is scheduled to be on the market in April 2005.All I have to do now is learn how to play it!Regarding your ruchase of the Vb bass,thank you so much.One of the reasons I joined up with Fender to manufacture and market my instrument is because being such a big company,they can retail it at a much more reasonable cost than some of the smaller companies,which make only a fraction as many instruments,and have to charge a lot more to make a profit. As far as my health I don't have MS I have a form of muscular dystrophy which is causing my legs to get wekaer.There is a post on the forum in which i explain a little more about it.You can go to www.charcotmarietooth.org to find out more about my disease.enjoy your VB bass!"