Hi! I'm in the market for an upright bass, and have been considering a 5 string tuned with a high c. I'm a senior in high school who's going to college to study jazz, and music education as a bassist. For most of my life I've been an electric bassist, but for the last 3-4 years I decided to join the school orchestra in order to learn upright bass after discovering as mostly a jazz player upright bass is the name of the game in terms of traditional jazz. However, for this time I've been renting a standard student 4 string bass from my school, and I've only got a Stagg EUB at home for practice purposes, so I'm in the market to buy my frist bass for college. I've been playing 6 string electric bass, as well as 5 string tuned EADGC, and really enjoy having the high c for soloing. However, no matter how hard I look it seems like 5 string upright bass in general is considered untraditional (not in a good way), and is rarely used. I'm not afraid to stray away from tradition, but I am afraid of regretting my decision. As someone who plays mostly jazz, and fusion music I play 80% pizz give or take, although I've heard the High C sounds almost like a cello while played arco (in college I will probably have to play in orchestra, and if I have to perform classical solo bass repertoire, this sounds really appealing to me). Obviously I would go try a 5 string for myself before making any final judgement as I've never played one personally, but I'd like to hear some opinions from people who are knowledgeable on this subject. So: Is a high C 5 string DB a concept worth exploring for someone who plays mainly jazz, and fusion music? Are there any notable high 5 string DB players I can listen to on youtube, or somewhere else? The reason I think I might like a high C 5 string is there is much easier access to the upper register of the DB, meaning less shifting to facilitate faster, longer, and overall more creative improvised lines. I also think in orchestra this would make solos played arco, not only easier up high, but a bit "cello" like in character, perhaps with a clearer sound. However, having never played one what would the drawbacks of having a High 5 string DB be that wouldn't exist with a 4 string? What brands make quality 5 strings? from what I've heard good 5 strings are much harder to come by than good 4's, I've been looking at having a custom Upton built for me, but if someone does it better I'd love to know. Overall what do you think? I'd love to hear opinions that could help me make an informed decision on a big purchase I really don't want to regret.