For some it may seem like a silly question, but I'm not really experienced, and would be happy to get some opinions. I have recently auditioned for a band and I had to learn two (cover) songs to show them what I'm capable of. The originals of the songs are played in standard BEADG tuning, but the band plays them 1 whole step lower, because of the singer's range. If it would be only a low D, I would not worry cos I have the 5 stringer, but the low A is used a lot. Because the time was very short, I just learnt to play the originals in standard tuning, then lowered my bass tuning to ADGCF, because I'm very unfamiliar with Drop D / A tunings and played with the band like this. I got the gig, and now I'm facing the question of how to tune my bass now. Other than this gig I never use any other tuning than the standard BEADG, which is familiar for me and I practice scales etc. in this tuning. This a Spector Euro, and I had no problems with the bass itself with the lower tension of the detuning. It also is my main and best sounding bass. What is your advice? - 1. keep the original BEADG for the bass, and when needed for the gig, just lower the B to A and learn how to play in Drop A tuning - 2. keep the ADGCF and learn to use this tuning to play everything else I normally do (not a good idea, much more work than 1.) - 3. get another bass for this gig, tune it ADGCF and leave like that (most convinient I guess but I find it hard to justify "wasting" a bass for solely this purpose) Thanks for the input guys.