I'm used to 4 strings. It's always been that way for me. Anyhow, I'm starting to play and compose music in the classical style for the bass. So, I'm looking not only for a bit more range, but more convenience in reaching the notes I want (since I don't pluck, slap, or pop the strings when I play this way). So it's either a 5 or 6 string bass. And I also don't want to spend much because I've just bought a new amp rig and I got a G&L L-2000 (USA) in January which I've paid for to have customized. Odds are, I'll be getting a rondo instrument, or something of similar quality. Any suggestions? I'm setting the price limit at about $500, so anything at that price point and lower is fine.