Hey guys, I've been playing bass seriously for about a year now after switching from saxophone. I jam occasionally but I spend a lot of time playing in my bedroom by myself I currently have a set of six string basses that I absolutely love. I can play regular bass lines for jamming with groups, but I can also jump up and play melodic and chord stuff when I'm playing by myself. I have a sizable tax return coming this year and I'm trying to decide what to do with it. I was thinking about the fact that I play alone a lot so I was trying to find something that would work well in a solo setting. I was originally planning on getting a bass and stringing it with piccolo strings, but then I saw a video of an 8 string coursed bass that really intrigued me. It certainly wouldn't fit in every group situation, but for small groups (say, bass, drummer, and vocalist; or maybe bass, drummer, lead guitar) or solo playing it looks great. You can play a guitar register melody with a bass backing you up the whole time! On the other hand, a piccolo bass is just a regular bass with thin strings, and if I don't like the piccolo sound I can just restring it as a regular bass. What do you guys think? Anyone had experience with either or both of these instruments? Which one did you prefer, and why?