Having played 6 string basses now for the last 10 years, I've reached a point where I'm seriously considering going back to the 5. Over the last two years especially, I find that when I'm playing in anything other than a very small group context, I'm simply not using the upper C string very much if at all anymore. I almost find myself deliberately trying to play on the C string in order to justify it! Part of me says "better to have it an not need it...etc", the other part of me says "that musical range is not your job 99% of the time". I've always enjoyed the benefits of the six (fewer position changes, diffent voicings of the strings, etc.) but more and more I find myself anchoring the music instead of motoring around in the upper ranges. I'm sure there are others with similar experience. I'm looking for comments, both positive and those with regrets, concerning stepping away from the big 6. Thanks!