I admit, I got my Flexocore Deluxe solos entirely on inspiration from Meyer and Kowert, but not really for any practical reason. The bass is one of those overbuilt Romanian carved beasts. It had Obligatos when I got it, I've had Spiro mittels and weichs on it as well as the FDs. The solo strings do effect a noticeable loss in low-end fundamental, but my current opinion is that it's worth it (especially since I have another bass, Kay + guts that's a fundamental cannon), particularly for arco. Most of my stage arco work is with a particular singer-songwriter who just loves B major, and the tuning certainly comes in handy there. What sealed the deal though was being asked recently to home-record an arco part on a hornpipe tune in Bb. Now I cut bass teeth in middle school jazz band, so my most familiar "home" keys are Bb and F, but for whatever reason I was having a heck of a time with the hornpipe part. Take after take, beating the part into the ground, just couldn't land it as clean as I wanted. So I had the idea to put the solo strings back on and tune it in between solo and orch, so that I could have an open Bb string. Oh man, what a difference! Got what I wanted in three takes. Now I'm realizing that being able to have the range of tuning is a huge advantage, even if they're lackluster for pizz at orch pitch. Anyone else?