Yesterday I had my first good play of several five stringers. I tried these; EBMM Stringray 5 Warwick Thumb BO Warwick Corvette STD Ibanez SR505 Yamaha RBX775 This was the first time I had actually had a good sit down and play some five string basses. My first impression was that B strings are incredibly floppy. The B's on the Warwick and the SR5 were flopping all over the shop and constantly hitting the fretboard making for some nasty fret noise. The Ibanez SR505 had a nice tight B IMO, but still floppier than I expected B strings to be. The Corvette was nice too, but the Yamaha probably had the nicest feel. So are all B strings uber floppy or what? I play metal so I play pretty fast, but I play with very very soft picks that basically roll over the string, I like them because they cause minimal fret noise. But the B's on every bass were making noise. I assume it's not a setup problem, because all of the bases are usually set up very nice, and they felt good in my hands. The only one that was set up bad was the Warwick Thumb. The extended part of the fretboard which continues and overlaps the body was about 5 to 7mm off the body wood. Completely killed my GAS for Thumbs, because it felt kinda flimsy and toyish. So I guess thats a good thing, that's the last of my expensive GAS gone... for now. So yeah, are all B's that floppy? What basses have a really tight B, similar to the tension on a regular E?