When I decided to pick up a Conklin 7 string. Just to see how ridiculus it would feel in my smallish-yet-still-quite-masculine hands. To my astonishment it didn't feel weird at all. It took a while for my fingers to figure out that that top string was not an E and the strings were closer together but after about 10 mins I was playin through some simple Rush riffs with ease. I was VERY impressed with this bass. It sounded good and was actually LIGHTER than the Fender Jazz I had been trying. At least it felt lighter. I'd tried a few other 6 strings over the last 6 months and they all felt kinda big and weird. I've only been playing for a year though so everything still feels a little awkward! Anyway, should I add this 7-str to my wish list or am I just mesmerized by the 3 extra strings? My playing for the most part is Geddy/Rush so to continue with that I only need a 4. But I do, when I get the free time, expect to expand my playing considerably. I just don't know what direction that will be. Decisions, decisions... Yea I know, buy what I want and what I think sounds good. And in the end that's what I'll do. Sometimes it helps me just to put thing out there just so I can review my own thoughts and see if I'm being a total a$$. (Which is usually the case.) I know JT might have some insight on this. Perhaps you (or anyone) could point me to some 7 string pieces (already heard Residue, very cool) to listen to or some music to study. I don't really know where to start here.