Since many folks have used the wise people at Talkbass for help in choosing "this gear" or "that gear" I shall call upon them as well. I am looking to make the jump from 5-string to 6-string. A lot of the music I'm doing lately requires me to slide on the G on the upper recesses of the fretboard a lot, and the extended range would be great- like another tool in the shed. As for what music I play, it varies a lot. Since I teach kindergarten, I play the melodies of a lot of Disney stuff and cartoon themes. Otherwise, I play all kinds of stuff from jazz to pop to rootsy rock/ hard rock. I like to keep myself versatile. My main musical ambition is creating children's music that's more grown-up and less saccharine/annoying. So warmth with a touch of bite are my broad tonal goals. The dilemma is that money's tight by me, so I can only feasibly sink about $700 into a new bass. So I've narrowed it down to these two: -Stuart Spector Legend 6. Basswood body, 35" scale, EMG pickups, 5 year warranty. Advantages: Spector brand name, EMG pickups, 35" scale. -Ibanez SR506. Mahogany body, 34" scale, Bartolini pickups, 1 year warranty. Advantages: arguably the best tonewoods of the lot, Bartolini pickups. (I'm also semi-considering the Ibanez BTB406 and the ESP 206LTD, though the snob in me prefers brand name pickups over stock ones. Though the BTB does have a nice monorail bridge, a wider neck than Soundgears (a plus) and a Neutrik jack. The ESP is quite inexpensive and has a lifetime warranty.) If anyone has insight into any of these basses and/or components, let me know. I'm definitely looking for something reliable with good build quality. If you want to know more about me and stuff, let me know also. If there are any other good 6-strings in that price range you can recommend to me, I'm all ears.