I'm still on a quest to find a 5 string bass that is lighter and somewhat shorter scale than my Brice Defiant 5 due to my back being mangled and the fact I'm short, have small hands and coupled with the back problems, that bass is almost unplayable for me now. Which is sad, it's a great bass, but there's no way I can handle hoisting it up for hours at a time any more (it weighs 10+ lbs despite the Rondo page claiming 9lbs - I got a heavy one ) I've been wondering about short scale 5's, which would be incredibly comfortable for me, but I'm not sure how feasible they are. My band tunes A♯/B♭ tuning standard, so I don't know if a short scale 5'er could handle that. Heck, I'm not sure most standard 34" 5'ers can handle that, honestly. The Brice has a 35" scale plus it's string through (I have to order special strings for it actually, even the extra longs of most brands are too short) so the B is pretty solid. I have a few options available to me at this point. 1) Ask if some of the less pricey short scales can handle that tuning and pick one up for cheap 2) Buy a budget 34" 5'er that doesn't weigh 10+ lbs and slowly save up for a Birdsong (just had a kid, broke, yanking 2000 bucks out of the air for a bass isn't possible right now and would take a year or more to save for at this point) 3) Somehow get my bang-around 4 string down to that tuning and use that for now - it's an older, passive Ibanez SR300 from 1997. It's actually a pretty solid bass for how cheap it was and how much abuse I've put it through, and I've always liked the older SR's a lot more than the new ones (which I've never had any luck with quality or sound wise). Problem is, I've never had any 4 strings able to really handle tuning B standard or lower, even with professional set ups. Input? Insight? Suggestions?