Granted, I'm fairly new to this forum, but when I searched 6-, 7- & 8-string posts for like-minded players I was astounded at the arguments generated by these posts implying that contrabass players are egotistic more-is-better noodlers and, conversely, that 4-stringers are a bunch of babies who can't handle the extra firepower. What exactly is the problem here? The electric bass and the electric contrabass are two entirely different instruments that serve two entirely separate purposes. Comparing the two accomplishes nothing, like asking for scientific evidence proving who is the "best" bass player of all time. The electric bass (in any form) isn't even 50 years old....still in its infancy, comparatively. 4-string orchestral double basses and 6- & 7-string viols have lived together in harmony for hundreds of years. Can you picture haughty, bewigged courtiers schmoozing in the parlor, expounding upon the relative merits and detriments of the number of strings an instrument has? I can't either. I readily admit that I am a multi-stringer. Just as some purists don't understand the need for 8 strings on a bass, I, on the other hand, am utterly unmoved by vintage Fenders, MusicMan Stingrays, etc. But show me a Jerzy Drozd Prodigy VII LE or a Ken Bebensee Sereph and I get dizzy. Everyone has an opinion. But, as a sarcastic yet wise man once said, "The easiest way to justify your own existence is to find fault in someone else's." Bottom line: we all have one thing in common - we are addicted to big, fat, meaty low end. Anyone obsessed with any kind of bass guitar - or even bass frequencies - is OK in my book. We are so busy fighting amongst ourselves that we've forgotten who the real enemy is.......GUITARISTS! Please people....[insert Rodney King quote here] P.S. Many apologies for preachiness.