#2
Any bands from jazz to metal, hell some foo fighters use it
the extra 5th can both be a lower or higher note, it used to be commonly higher but is now a Lower B

and its all preference about having it
#3
It's worth it unless your hand is tiny. You don't even need to play music that has the low notes of a 5 string, you can play 4 string songs with less hand movement. It's actually a lifesaver when I play jazz, seeing as how complicated a walking bassline can get, it's nice to do it without jumping around as much.
#5
Quote by pwrmax
It's worth it unless your hand is tiny. You don't even need to play music that has the low notes of a 5 string, you can play 4 string songs with less hand movement. It's actually a lifesaver when I play jazz, seeing as how complicated a walking bassline can get, it's nice to do it without jumping around as much.

very true

however that Low B is handy for walking up to the E and such. Also the fact i never have to retune now when my band goes into Drop D - but that depends on the style of music
Gear:
Washburn RB2500 (5 String)
Yamaha BB400 Fretless (1981)
Carlo Giordano 3/4 Upright (White)
Cort Action 4 (Stereo-fied)
Orange Bass Terror 500
Orange 1x15 Cab
Boss GT-6 Bass Multi-effects
#6
Quote by Double Basser
very true

however that Low B is handy for walking up to the E and such. Also the fact i never have to retune now when my band goes into Drop D - but that depends on the style of music

I like having the D for jazz, for I think I'd prefer a four string downtuned for rock or something. Chugging on the B isn't the same as on an open D.