Having experimented with BEAD tuning on my bass, I much prefer the E standard normally found on 4 strings... not to mention the lower gauges! My band at present is playing a lot of songs in drop D. I tried the .120 B but couldn't get on with it - I think the sound of an open string sounds better. I was using D'Addario XLs which sounded really good for my purposes. I've never tried the balanced tension sets and was looking to get the EXL170BT set. The .107 E will be much more manageable and there will be no nut seating issues. Looking at their tension charts, the E tuned to D will be a couple lbs under everything else. Has anyone who has used this set of strings had issues when drop tuning? Is the tension still pretty even if so?