This is something I like to talk/debate with other players a lot. Listening to prog has opened me up to a lot of players who tend to use extended range. 5 strings made sense to me because having a B string can give really beefy lows. I could also kind of understand 6 strings because very versatile players might want notes lower than E and higher than G. Although I'm sure some people hate anything that isn't just four strings, I have found that 5 or 6 strings is somewhat accepted among the bass community. But the REAL question is what do you think of 8+ strings on a bass. One of the best examples I can give is ChaotH from Unexpect. On one hand, he does use almost all if not all of the strings. On the other hand, some might argue that he should leave it to the guitarist to play that high(although to be fair, I don't think it would sound quite the same on a guitar as on a bass, no matter how many strings). And if you think that was ridiculous, there are guys who have 18-24 string basses. So is it just a new way of thinking about Bass, or is it just musical wankery that has no place in a respectable band? I just wanted to see other's thoughts. I know this is a polarizing topic and I'm hoping it will bring some interesting discussion.