Hello everyone, I'm new around here, and though I've tried to find applicable threads, the search engine will not process the word or number "six". The world of musicians seems to be divided into those that are in it for the progressions, and those who are in for tone quality. I'm more the former, and while I think I'm getting a pretty decent tone from my bass (6 string yamaha soundgear), I don't really know what I'm looking for. I play melodically, primarily in the middle to high range, and I like the notes that I play to come through clearly, without the midrange and highend maxed out. My band is delicate at times (a warmer, subtle bass tone would be more appropriate), and heavy at others (need more cut). Soooo, what am I looking for? Which company(s) will provide me with a dependable six string bass that has a wide variety of tone control, without overly complicated configuration (I once saw a bass with seven tone knobs) , made specifically to accompany high end players, and a conservative design? Any ideas?