(I excuse myself of anything ignorant said in this post, it's un-intentional) I have a quick question about 5 sting double basses. Is having the extra notes in the same position worth a thicker neck? I have small hands, but I manage a 3/4 quite well. I'm just worried that it'll end up being too thick and I'm better off shifting back to first for F or whatever. I contacted Engelhardt about making a special 5-string EC-1, but I won't hear back from them for a while, I would say. I don't want it special-ordered and payed for, only to realize that I can't play it. If it matters at all, I am a 5'2" (sorry if it's wrong, used to metric) 16 year old girl. I can play a regular 3/4 with no problems. I will be using it primarily for jazz, but I wouldn't mind a little arco every once and while.