ok, i read as much as i could find on these basses, and they've just confirmed my belief. Now, i've got a question. I've only seen a Maple/Alder one, but never got close to it, (it was way up on a wall, and i was in the store for a non-bass related reason. Anyways here are my questions... Why are so many of the reviews of Maple/Alder? Are the Maple/Alder basses "flamed maple"? Is the Wenge/Walnut only in 5 string? Is the Redwood/Alder only in 6 string? How much more expensive is the Quilt Top Tiger Eye? How much is the Average cost of these basses (i know its somewhere around $1000-1100 usd, but i wanna know what you all paid) and for the personal question... Which wood do you prefer? Would you want the variable mid option? Basicly, tell me every reason why i should or should not buy this bass. the other basses i'm looking at are the Ernie Ball MM stearling, and the Fender Jazz 62 RI, i'm leaning twords the cirrus though.