Whenever I have the choice of playing an open E or the same note played at the fifth fret of the B string, I almost always play the open E, because it sounds cleaner and tighter---it's got that tonal quality kind of like the low notes on a concert grand piano. I don't know if it's just my Yamaha BBN5 or all 5-strings, but I noticed that any note on the B string above the second or third fret doesn't have a nice clean, tight sound. It's sort of flabby. At first I thought maybe it was because I have a bass with 34" scale length, and maybe a 35" bass would have a better sounding B string (I'm sure it would since the the strings are under more tension). But then I realized that I've heard 34" Sting Ray 5's that had tight, fat sounding Bs. I've also noticed that the strings I use don't make a difference. So here's my question: Why does my B string sound that way? Is this where the less obvious things start to make a big difference? Things like high grade woods, better bridges, maybe graphite reinforced necks---the kind of things that get more attention in high-end basses?