I'm considering finding a 5 string jazz type bass. I'm wondering about the scale length and what significant difference it makes. From what I've read, 34" B strings are floppy and 35"s are better but the longer scale is tougher to get used to for some(plus I can't afford a Lakland right now ). To me the point of getting a 5 string is for the B string and if it sucks why bother getting one? I'm thinking I should get a less expensive (even cheap) jazz V to see if I like to play them before I invest in a nice higher end version such as a Lakland Skyline or Sadowsky Metro(Valenti?). A possibility would be something like a Squier Affinity Jazz V. Maybe a MIM Fender Jazz V. Since Fenders/Squiers are all 34" scale, is there a way to make the B string better on a 34"? Say with a different bridge or tuners? If I were to get either of those basses above I may upgrade the bridge/tuners anyway. I guess heavier gauge strings might do the trick but I'm also unsure of what difference that would make to playability for me without buying several sets of strings to try out. I hope the collective wisdom here may have some insight. Cheers!