Hi all, I play mandolin and bouzouki. However, my band needs a bassist, and I want to hold down the low end. Can you give me some advice? I am looking for a bass that meets the following criteria: ~ Short scale length - no longer than 23" ~ Tuned in fifths - GDAE or CGDA (from the bottom) ~ Less than $300 Is there such a bass? I have heard mixed reviews about the Ashbory bass. I know that it has a short scale, but (1) I don't know if you can tune it in fifths, and (2) alot of people say that it is an accessory at best. I have also thought about playing my mandolin through an octave pedal so that it will sound (sort of) like a bass. Is this a workable idea? The other alternative that I know of is to buy a regular bass and tune it (from the bottom) CGDA. How does that work? What string gauges do you use? Has anyone had success with this? Are there any other options that I am missing? What do you guys think? Any ideas?