We've had tons of discussions on which 5 string has the tightest or best sounding B string, but, when you buy a 5er, is this the most important feature you look for, or is there something else? Me first. Although the reason most of us buy a 5 string is for the low B string (even if used sparingly) I think the overall sound of a bass is more important than just a "killer B." In June, I was moments away from buying an Ibanez BTB405QM when I picked up a less expensive Yamaha BBN5 II, and bought it because its overall sound was more of what I wanted. Understand, the BTB has a tighter and cleaner sounding low B string, and, IMHO is a more versatile instrument, but, the Yamaha just hit my sonic bull's eye, and that's why I bought it, with no regrets. What's your opinion? If I may, let me ask a closely related second question: Do you think a looser B string adds to growl? I do. Mike J.