I've been talking to this guitarist at my school who is in a metal band that is looking for a bass player. He wants me to audition and gave me a CD with 3 of their songs on it. I didn't discuss a timeframe with him but I'm ass-uming I have a week, maybe two, to learn the songs. Thing is they play in C# while I've been hardwired to standard for years now (I play metal as well but view downtuning as unnecessary). The other big problem is I currently only own one bass, a Skyline Glaub w/ TI Jazz Flats. As some of you can probably guess the TI's aren't the best strings for downtuning. I tried it and it was buzz city (I also had terrible visions of my neck warping). I'm just gonna have to learn to play the songs in standard. I would like to know if any of you play in a different tuning from your guitarist, why you do it, and how has it worked out for you. Appreciate the help guys!