I haven't been playing bass all that long and I started out on fivers and have had a couple now. So far I haven't really liked the sound of the B string too much with any of the basses or string sets I've tried, so I put on a set tuned E-C yesterday. JOY! Well ok it was a bit of a pain because I had to drop the E string to D about half the time, but still had (to me) a better overall sound than the same thing played on the B string. A Hipshot D-tuner probably would suit me fine. I sorta kinda like the C string since I do use it a bit and being able to reach more notes in the open position is handy. The C sounds very good and even which was a bit of a surprise. I expected it to be a lot thinner and twangy sounding but it's really not. Even so, I could stand to play those notes on the G just fine too. That being the case, why even bother with the extra weight, neck size, and string expense? I think the 4 string basses are a little cheaper in the first place too aren't they? So what to look for? I've had Ibanez all the way so far, EDB690, EDB605, BTB405 and would like to try another brand. Maybe something more traditional sounding if that makes sense. Like a PJ type setup probably or anything that could give a halfway decent Ric type sound as well as a smooth thump. What would be a good one for playing covers ranging from Yes to Pink Floyd to REM? Not really to *nail* the sounds of any of them, but to be reasonably close. I never have been a fan of Fender products, though I did buy a Strat a few years ago that is a great guitar so I don't know what my problem is there. I tried the Spectors (fivers, hadn't been thinking about 4's at the time) at Guitar Center but didn't really like them too much. Maybe the body feels too small or something. Don't care for the look of the Bongos and that's probably more than I'll spend anyway. I'd guess I may spend up to about $800 and would like to buy new if I can get something decent for that money. I've been buying my stuff used so far and have done fine with that but somehow it always seems instruments are passed along because they lack something somewhere and never really get loved. So what would be some things to watch for in a lovable $800.00 4 string?