After a few false starts I'm still looking for a "backup" 5 string bass to backup the MTD CRB5. The 34" scale is at the edge of my reach. I can play it fine but faster songs in the middle of the neck (for example Boston's Piece of Mind) can leave my fingers sore for the next week. I've been toying with the idea of getting a short scale but I need a 5 string. With a $500 budget, that leaves me with an Ibanez Mikro or the Brice HXB2-405 3/4 scale. I think the Mikro is a little to small to bring out in public. There's no way to test out the Brice so I'm going in blind. Is it worth it or should I just stick with a 34" scale and skip the faster songs?