About 2 months ago i was gassing pretty bad...so I ordered a sixer from long and mcquade. the first week was terrible. strings too close together. always getting lost, left hand really sore. I was having trouble playing the easiest grooves. ..well its 2 months later and i dont get lost anymore, my left hand feels fine, and i cant live without my high chord voiceings or my booming low B. My nicest and most favorite bass has been retired to its case for a few weeks now and the new 6er is in the living room for daily noodling. I dont know if I can ever go back to my old 4 bangers. anyone else move to a 6er and retire their old 4 and 5s what 6er are you playing? or gassing at? Who else makes a fair priced 6er? I noticed Yamaha makes a nice one for about $1000. i went with an Ibanez gsr256. because it was A)cheap, just over $300 B)delivered to my door with a reasonable return policy C)Ibanez...though not my favorite brand, after a decent setup and new strings even the cheapest ibbys play nice.