Well, to all of those who are thinking of making the jump to an ERB (extended range bass) I say do it. For my entire musicial career, I've played 4 string basses, and felt that it was pointless for more strings. Then I joined a band that downtuned, and for some reason, the thought of drop tuning wasn't very attractive to me, so I started looking at 5'ers. Well, then i decided that if I'm gonna move up, I might as well MOVE UP so I got myself a Carvin LB76 (phenominal bass, tone for days, best playability ever) and it wasn't as hard as I thought, but it is. little things 4 bangers don't have to worry about like ringing strings, hand position, reach suddenly are front row, center on my playing, but even though it's only been a couple days, i couldn't imagine playing anything but a 6 anymore. Just thought I'd share in hopes I'd convince someone to pull the trigger on an ERB, it's worth it!!