My wife gave me the green light to purchase a high end bass ($5000) after we pay off some debt and build our savings and retirement up some more this year. I play in a church (Gospel & Christian Contemporary) on salary as my side job, I have a full time career as an educator. There are so many variables in regards to woods and electronics that choosing a custom bass may be harder than paying for it. Anyway the basses I'm looking at are: Fodera Emperor 5 MTD 535 Benavente SCA Right now I have the following: Ken Smith BSRG (1998) 5 string MTD ZX 5 Fender Jazz 4 string FSR Fender Squier 5 Deluxe Jazz I've played a Modulus, Cirrus, Roscoe, and Brubaker and they were all great but didn't really grab me so to speak. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.