well not exactly, but hang with me while i explain the situation. i just started gigging with a new band, not quite my cup of tea but fun stuff, kind of an industrial, synthpop kind of thing. the thing is the band decided that they needed to tune down to drop c, god know why "it sounds harder" that's the response i got... anyway, i prefer playing four string, but can't string it and set it up properly for drop c, since it's my only bass and i usually play at least two other gigs a week in standard tuning, thank god. i'm quite adverse to get a bass just set up for this, since i feel it is pretty worthless to wail on a low b, or c in this case, for the majority of a set. i've played the first few gigs up the octave from where they want it and haven't had and negative comments, from fans, but the keyboardist, wants me to tune down. i explain to him that in that register you will only really feel the note as the human ear can not hear the fundamental that low, when i tune down, i feel that nothing that low cuts through and it ends up more of a rumbling than a bass line. on to my question, with that background out of the way. do you guys think it would be a good idea to grab a good octave pedal ( i'm thinking ampeg ) so that i can have that low note there and make the band happy, but still have the fundamental in an octave where i feel it can cut through the mix, or should i suck it up and buy a 5/6 string and just deal with it? thanks for your opinions on the subject in advance and for reading this way too long post. topher.