So, I'm going to state something that I've read on TB many times and never could really understand it until I tried it for myself......... I've played many different basses over the years but until recently never owned a p bass. I've mainly played 5 strings my entire playing history and since p's aren't as common on 5's I've just never owned one. Well, I recently decided to pick up a 4 string p-bass just to say I have one. I play in our worship team at church and a lot of the songs we've been playing haven't required the 5 string so I thought I'd give the p bass a whirl. I've never really understood how people say that a p bass just sits good in the mix until recently. I'm using the same pedal board, same PA system, everything exactly the same but the raw recordings of the service just sound better to me with the p bass. It really is strange because when I'm playing at home I really like the sound of my active 5 string over the p bass, but when I go back and listen to the recording (again, no tweaking or editing) I think the p bass just sounds better. It seems to be more smooth and beefy (yet still defined) than my other basses. I've never had the privilege to own a high dollar bass and am basing my opinion on all midrange store bought basses, but to me I finally understand what the p-bass is all about. That's it........so I'd say to someone who is like me and doesn't really understand the p-bass sound and why people seem to like it so much to just get one and try it.