First of all, I just came across this site this morning and was impressed by the depth of knowledge that so many of you bring to the site...it is going to be a useful tool in my newly reacquired quest at playing electric bass. I've played for some 25 years, however the last 15 or so (while I was married) it was just not something I did. Now recently divorced, I sat in on an "open-mike" jam on Thursday, and once kicked in the butt by the guitarist to "just relax...let it go!" I honestly surprised my self...not just in how the licks came back to me, but how it FELT to play again...that expression...like painting a picture almost. OK, the meat of the post: I'm kicking around buying one of the 5-string Carvin Bunny Brunel model basses; I've done a bit of reading over the last few months and it seems that Carvin does have good reviews as far as bang for the buck. In time, I'd like to think I'll go to a high-end axe, but for now, the Carvin's seem to be VERY nice basses for a reasonable investment. Any comments, pro/con, are greatly appreciated. Again, a good site...and it's sure good to play again!!!