First of all, I'm not sure if I got it into the right forum(was thinking "Setup" for a while). [I realised now, I made this post a bit too long, but since I didn't know what and how to cut down atm, I left it this way] Here's what's bothering me. I currently own a very low end Rockwood precision type 4-string bass guitar. For it's price, it actually sounds rather good(I've even had some more experienced people saying that). The thing is, it's rather good in Standard tuning. The two bands I play in currently have guitars tuned differently - one uses drop D and the other drop C on both guitars. At the moment I am using drop D tuning in both of these bands. I think you can imagine, not having the low C in the one band is quite an headache for me(this means that basslines following the guitars[which use quite a lot low C] have C or C# in the next octave). In drop D my bass sounds decent - I could live with that, but in drop C it does not. Short story made long ( ) - I need the low C, and it will not be from my current bass guitar for its rather bad sound when tuned down that much. Therefore I am planning to buy a new(better) bass. From your personal experience, logic, knowledge - do you recommend me to get a 5-string bass guitar or a 4-string bass guitar and tune it to drop C. The thing is, for the same price - the 4-string would be better probably(because same 5-stringed versions of the same model cost more). Also I have a low budget(actually atm I even do not have one, but that will change hopefully). It doesn't make much sense to ask for certain models, since the availability is very weak here in Estonia, but taking something more common for example - an Ibanez EDC710 4-string costs about as much as a GSR205 5-string here. That is also about as far as my best hopes about the price range go.