Hello all, DB newb here. I've been playing electric for thirty-some years, and finally got motivated to take the plunge. Upright isn't "totally" new, I've dabbled off and on, once had the opportunity to bass-sit for a friend while he was in Europe for six months, but this will be the first DB I've actually owned. I must confess to not knowing very much about what I want in terms of DB. I love the thump of old Kays, I know that much. But when it comes to the finer points of what to look for in a good instrument, I still need lots of education. The strategy I've chosen is, to buy a cheapie bass just to get started, and keep it for maybe a year or so, and then sell it and get a good one. Meanwhile, use the time to start building up finger strength and technique, and start listening to a lot of good players and trying to play along, so I'll get a feel for the types of sounds people are using, and hopefully that'll help build up a "wish list" for the next iteration. I'm looking at one of the Chinese import jobs to get started, maybe a Milano or Merano or something like that, and it looks like the going rate on those is somewhere around 500 bucks. If iI can sell it for half that after a year or two, that's still less than twenty bucks a month rent. Here's the twist: for years I've played nothing but five string electrics, and it would be really cool to find a nice 5 string upright. I've only seen one at the bass store, it's another Chinese import but it's a nice one, it's called a "Christopher" brand, and the one I saw was a 7/8. Beautiful flamed sides, nice ebony all over, the one thing that threw me for a loop was that the neck is really wide. Not like a five string electric, we're talkin' wide. I'm not sure if that was "standard" 5-string spacing, but that would definitely take some getting used to. Does anyone here play a 5-string DB? Are there different string spacings to be had, or is there a standard size for the fingerboard? I have "pretty big" hands, bigger than most, is there any reason I couldn't get used to the huge table on the neck? Are there reasons "not" to go with a 5-string and stick with a 4-string instead? Does my trade-up strategy sound like a good one for learning to play the upright? If I start with a 4-string and move to 5-string, is that going to be a problem? Thanks for your patience with a newb's questions.