I'm convinced that my next bass purchase will be a 5 string, and fairly conventional (IE, using a headstock...) But i'm wondering if any luthiers would like to comment on the pros and cons of 5 strings that use 'different scale lengths' I have never owned a 5 string, but i once converted a 4-string to "contra-bass" sort of tuning, BEAD. I am pretty sure that the B string was a .118 or so (it was over a decade ago) that particular bass sounded SWEET and it was 30.125" scale length (copied off my rickenbacker 3000). It played great, but i couldnt get used to transposing all the time (too lazy) so converted it back to EADG (which was easy, since it had a zero fret) anyway, i'm really partial to the short-scales, having played one for most of the last 30 years, so am almost convinced i should have the new 5-string built that way too. Unless somebody can talk me out of it! I dont mind the 32 inch scale so much either, but i dont find 34" to be very comfortable. It seems 35" is popular for 5 strings too, but at that point I would just as soon pick up an upright! anybody here think that shorter scale (maybe with heavier guage strings, and optimized break angles) is just as feasible as one of the 'stretch limos'? all your comments are appreciated, my next bass is gonna be in the 'playable art-work' category, so i want it to sound good too!