I see less and less prominent bass players using fivers. Even players, who at one point, were iconic five string users like Robert Truillo and Tim Commerford are using 4 bangers now. So...is it a dying thing? I know it is genre specific but even for heavy music, more people seem to be using downtuned 4 strings. I guess bass manufacturers could easily answer this question using their sales figures. (For the record I own and play fivers and four string basses. Most of the week-end warriors I see around town using fivers, seem to be 40+ yrs old dudes like me. Now, I am almost embarruassed to use mine) EDIT: In the light of the misunderstandings generated by my original post, which has nothing to do with the merits of fivers, I realize that I should have put it a different way: "Do you think the market trend of five strings is declining because young players don't think they are cool anymore or is it still the same as it was 20 yrs ago?"