Greetings again, I'm the percussionist that asked about recommendations on a bass for Latin, Roots Reggae, World Fusion, and Afro-Cuban the other day. I've never played bass, so this is completely new territory for me. I've pretty well settled in on a StingRay, mostly because of the huge number of effusive, glowing comments I've read about tone and versatility of this bass. Who knows what music I might be playing in five years? It's a bit steep, but I'd rather learn on something good and keep it for a long time. So the question is . . . 4 or 5 string? Is that extra string important for the styles I mentioned or just a complication that costs more and is more difficult to learn? My view is that I want to learn on something that will work in the long run and be happy with it. Two years from now, I don't want to say "Oh, s**t, I should have bought the five string". Seems like there's a sizable group of die-hard five-string users out there, so there must be a reason. On the flip side, there's apparently only a 10 Hz difference between the standard E and the low B (41 Hz vs. 31 Hz), which ain't much, and I understand you can get down there with alternate tunings if you really want it. So maybe, for most people, that extra string just isn't important. Thanks for your feedback on this.