I'm curious as to why some of you guys play 6+ string basses. I'm not trying to start an argument (I'm actually thinking about going extended range myself). I'm just trying to gather some information for curiosity's sake. So, how do you incorporate the higher strings especially? Do you find them mainly useful for chords and soloing, or do they really have a use when you're just grooving? I can see how it would be advantageous in the sense that you wouldn't have to shift position much, but I could imagine that those higher notes may just get lost in the mix when you're not soloing. I'm probably going to be spending b/w $3-4k on my next bass (either a Zon Sonus Special 6 fretless or a Sadowsky 5 are leading the charge, and I've never owned a fretless) after which I plan on woodshedding for an untold amount of time to really drill my technique, notation reading, and theory studies. Thanks ahead of time for the help guys!