hi Today i went to mars and played a Washburn 8 string bass...... nice natural finish body and great sound through the SWR redhead amp they had *grins* (wants swr gear now) well anyway im thinking about going from a 4 string directly to 8.. but im not sure the washburn is the best bang for the buck.. because i haven't played any other 8 string basses.. I play mainly punk music.. like older more hardcorish vibe stuff like older husker du, black flag, and some other stuff like mike watt stuff and alot of who stuff... then i play progressive stuff like some rush and dream theater and then alot of blues on top of that.... sorry if i sound like a kid (i am) I played a 6 string and found out i didn't like them..... 5 strings felt weird slapping and so i tried an 8 string.. it felt right at home.... So i was just wondering what are some good 8 string basses under 1000 dollars? if you could assist me with this or give me some suggestions on what to try it would be aprieciated.. I know that the way a bass sounds is different from everyone so im wondering .. what 8 stringers would YOU play?