Have you even made a really dumb mistake literaly minutes before playing? I made one 2 Sundays ago before playing praise and worship in the 1st service of my church. the first thing that went wrong was that I left my bass at the church after practice the night before, so although I had intended to change the strings at home, I couldn't. 2nd thing was, I overslept, and since I had planned on changing the strings before service, it put me way behind. 3rd thing, I let out acoustic player start messing with me as I was sitting in the middle of the stage trying to change my strings 5 minutes before we are supposed to sound check. So there I am a little tired, rushed, and distracted. I get my old strings off ( I clipped them at the tuners) and began to string it up. I have a 5 string, so 1st string is the low B. As I go to trim it up just a bit, I don't pay attention, and clipola, my low B is suddenly an inch too short. No extra strings, no back up bass, nothing. Needless to say I panic. I know the old B is to short because I clipped it, and I think I am going to have to only go w/ 4 strings. But it did work out, as my old E was just long enough, and suprisingly gave a great growl tone, that I am still using. anyway, sorry for the long post, I just wanted to share, and to see if anyone else did stupid stuff.