Okay then, after reading the posts about Extended Range basses, I frequently saw the quote "But Jaco only needed four strings" come up and it was speculated that if he had lived longer (or were still alive today) that it wouldn't have been impossible that he'd pick p a five or six string bass. Another thing mentioned was that many of the premier bassplayers in history picked up an extended range bass and stuck with it, in the case of Anthony Jackson, Chris Squier and Tim Bogart that's true. But people like Rocco Prestia, Sting, Larry Graham, Stanley Clarke, Bob Bogle, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Jack Bruce and Paul McCartney are all premier bassplayers and all of them are still proving that a normal four string bass can still be a force to be reconed with. In my own case, I'm a born again four string player. I owned several five and Six string basses and experimented with their sonic possibilities but in the end I sold them off because I couldn't get used to them. and guys: please keep it friendly!