Right now I have a p bass which is a silvertone revolver (cheapy). I like the tone but it has a lot of finger noise and the strings (EB slinkys) have a lot of clank against the frets. I ordered a set of Fender tapes for it to quiet the noise and take it easy on my fingers. I also have an Ibanez SRX300 with Fender tapes. I use this to record along with mp3s and find it versatile for country to rock although the sound directly through my amp isn't "terrific". I want to pick up another bass (likely a p bass) but I need opinions on how to set up each of them so they're suited for different applications. I'd like a bass with tapes for recording and also wouldn't mind having one with flats. I'd also like to have something tuned down (likely DADG) so I can play directly to drop D but use a thick low D string to drop to C or B if needed. Should I stick with the ibanez as is and throw the tapes on the p bass and then look for another bass to tune in drop d? Or...should I drop tune the ibanez for things with a heavier sound, keep the tapes on the silvertone, and grab another p with flats? If I do this, what would the fret noise/clank be like with a p bass with flats compared to the tapes?