I just got my first five-string bass -- literally took it out of the shipping crate within the past two hours. Seems like a very nice instrument, but I noticed the same thing with it as with every other five string I've played (including a Prescott, a Martin, a Pollman, an Arvi, and others -- always just playing a few licks, no serious time spent): The E string (bowed) seems dampened and generally less loud than I think it should be, coming from thousands of hours of playing on four-string basses. Is this something that you eventually overcome with a lot of five-string practice? Is it a strings issue? A setup issue (this bass seems very well set up). Any comments or suggestions welcomed!