Well, my plan was to buy a new amp (Yorkville XM100) for $500 CAD in November, DiMarzios for my Samick later that month, and then a sixer in the spring. Well, recently -- actually, as recent as yesterday, I found a used Yorkville BM100 for the fantastic price of $150! The sound is great and it stays like that when it's at 7/8 (as high as I was willing to test it in the store and my house). Now, the thing is bloody filthy -- I mean, absolutely disgusting. But the price makes up for that. The cost was explained by several factors -- 1. It's old -- not vintage, just old. I'd guess about a decade. 2. It's used, and has obviously been used in some pretty rough places. 3. The market for used Yorkvilles around here is pretty nonexistant. Now, I'll bet you're wondering "What the hell does this have to do with basses, and why haven't I moved it yet?" Well, here's where that comes in. Now, to pay for the new amp, the 'rents were going to put $200 forward as a birthday present and I was going to cover whatever was left over. This not only saves me about $200, but it now gives me $200 from them to spend on gear! Sure, $200 CAD doesn't exactly a lot for most gear, but I'm going to cancel the plans for new p'ups and put that towards geting my six string $400 earlier! First off, price limit: $1,200 CAD. For you non-Canuckers, the Canadian dollar is about 74 cents US. The name of the game is versatile. Passive preferred, and I'm not going to spend an arm and a leg for vintage tone. Six strings (standard BEADGC, nothing crazy like a high F or something), wide string spacing perferred. The spacing on the Yamaha TRB6-II (one of two six strings I've ever gotten to play) was perfect. You can slap, and the neck -- while very wide at first -- is very easy to adjust to. Just as a frame of reference, that thing is way out of my price range (my teacher paid $2000 for his, ouch!). A nice physical balance would be nice, but I very much accept that six strings tend to be pretty neck heavy so that's not really an issue. Right now, I'm sitting on the choices between the Ibanez BTB406QM and the Dean Edge Q6. Both are, I am very well aware, well below my price limit. I'd like you guys to throw any ideas my way on those two basses, and I'd be VERY open to suggestions on other basses, so feel free to speak up, especially if it fits into most of my criteria. And guys...I know the standard advice -- buy what feels right, and that's fantastic advice. But frankly, there isn't a store for 3 hours around here that ever carries any sixers in store, and visits to the cities -- Ottawa, Toronto, etc. are exceedingly rare. And by exceedingly, I mean exceedingly rare. I've only had a chance to play two different sixers, both of which belonged to my teacher (first sixer was a custom fretless and was also the first time for me playing a fretless, I was just plain LOST on that thing and then the TRB more recently was much nicer). So yeah, sixers around here are considered exotic animals to be talked about in dark, shadowy corners and traded on a black market but the public never admits they exist.