Thanks again for the heads up about the sale at Samash. I ordered one of the Pilot Plus 5 strings for $159 and it arrived today. Since this is my first 5-string I have a couple of questions. Is it normal for the B-string to be softer than the rest? Is it part of 5 string technique to have to attack the B-string with more vigor than the other four? I think I am going to like this bass, but I am going to have to work on it a little. The action is too high and since I play an Ibanez 4-string, the neck feels wide to me. The B is kind of soft and mushy sounding. Any hints on setting up the bass and my amp to take advantage of this new low guy? Thanks. Ps The bass is wine red and is very comfortable and shiny. Shiny is always nice.