This is my new antenna. I have just started using it and have it mounted on a Radio Shack rotator. It is a beam on 20, 15 and 10 meters and a dipole on 17 and 12 meters. It is a definite improvement on my Cobra Ultra Lite, which I sill will use mainly on 40, 80 and 160 meters. The MA5B is at 32 feet is measured from the front of the house and about 42 feet from the back.
I do have both antennas connected with a manual antenna switch and simply, I can hear stations with the MA5B that I cannot hear on the Cobra. Sure the direction of the Cobra may be at fault (going east-west), but I cannot more my trees :). The Cobra is also not as high as the MA5B being 35 feet off the ground but located lower than the Cushcraft in the terrain (my lot and house are on a slope). So maybe it is not all the hardware, but it is the result that counts when switching over.
Now maybe the MA5B is not as good as a SteppIR, but then it is the largest size my XYL could tolerate (established post factum) and well, the SteppIR is not in the same price range either.