As a small handed player I had avoided 5 string basses. Not able to pass up a great deal (DeArmond Pilot Plus V @ $159) I thought I'd give the 5 a try. The biggest challenge for my small hands was trying to cover 4 frets in the lower registers, like a I, IV,V in the key of G. Well I've found that being able to play this starting on the B string 8th fret rather than the E string 3rd fret is a whole lot easier. So now my cheapest bass is becoming my favorite. If any of you small handed players have shyed away from fivers, give it a try. You might be surprised.