I'm planning to buy a new 5-string next year - a Sandberg California VM. I'm very excited about it, but I need some help deciding between 34' and 35' scale. A little background: I've been playing just 4-string for many years now (34' of course), and I often tune a half-step down in Eb tuning. I use this tuning not because I really need the low Eb, but because I like the tone of a slightly de-tuned bass. I feel like it gives me a really fat sound across the entire instrument, particularly when I do it on my Stingray. Here is my dilemma: If I get a 34' inch scale 5-string, I know that my EADG strings will still sound good in Eb tuning, but I'm worried that my low Bb string will sound too floppy. I don't have a 5-string, so haven't actually tested this yet; its just my speculation. On the other hand, if I get 35' scale and tune down, the low Bb note will probably sound a little better, but I'm worried I might lose some of the Eb fatness in the other strings. It might end up just sounding like a normal bass. Also, some people complain about not liking the increased tension on a 35' scale bass. I know that 35' scale is not a requirement to get a good B-string sound, as I've heard many good sounding 5-strings that weren't 35', but is it a requirement if you want to tune down to Bb? What do you think?